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Art and Design

Head of Subject : Mrs C Friday

“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.”
― Edgar Degas

Subject Vision

​In Art and Design at Mayflower High School we aim to engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and confidently create their own works of art, craft and design and most importantly how to apply these skills to relevant topics and issues in today’s society to express themselves using a visual language.

All staff in the Art department are passionate about the Arts and their individual processional Art specialisms enable a broad range of processes to be taught. Students will think critically about other artists, makers and designers’ and draw on other sources of inspiration such as spiritual, moral, social, cultural and historical events to create work of art in response to these .

It is our aim that these skills will be transferred to all aspects of life as the students move through education and into the work place, complementing the learning that takes place across all other subjects.

The Art Department currently occupies three large, well-equipped art studios including a printmaking room with a large custom made A2+ Printing press and one kiln room. There is also an additional Sixth Form studio and exhibition area.

Key Stage 3 Intent and Implementation

The Art and Design Curriculum at Mayflower High school encompasses 4 main elements within every project; Develop and record ideas, Technical skills, Understanding of art history/contextual references and Presenting informed responses.

Throughout exciting projects across a broad range of themes in Years 7-9 our students will learn to:


-Take creative risks when exploring, experimenting and responding to ideas

 -Develop and use technical knowledge and skills to manipulate the qualities of materials, processes and explore the formal elements a creative and imaginative way

 -Use a wide range of media and techniques to realise their ideas, express their feelings and communicate visually in 2D, 3D and using digital media.

 -Keep a sketchbook for investigation, experimentation and documentation

 -Analyse, engage with, and question critical aspects of your own and others' work, identifying how beliefs, values and meanings are expressed and shared.

 -Interpret and explain how ideas and meanings are conveyed by artists, craftspeople and designers, recognising the varied characteristics of different historical, social and cultural contexts.

 -Adapt Artists styles in your own work with originality.

 -To work with enthusiasm and confidence towards achievements and personal outcomes

Key Stage 4 Intent and Implementation

At GCSE, You will develop knowledge and understanding during the course through a variety of learning experiences and approaches, including engagement with sources. This will allow you to develop the skills to explore, create and communicate your own ideas.

You will learn how to research ideas, develop art skills, study art, craft and design from other artists/cultures, work in the style of other artists, experiment with 2D/3D materials.  You will have the opportunity to explore new techniques and learn how to imaginatively interpret images using a range of materials.

You should choose this GCSE course, if:

·        You enjoy working with a range of different art materials.

·        You like creating art in a range of sizes within a sketchbook or on a larger scale.

·        You like studying work by other artists/designers/cultures/photographers.

·        You are willing to experiment and try out new ideas in new materials.

·        You will become involved in your art and want to develop you own ideas.

·        You want to create imaginative pieces of art.

Responding to the work of other artists/designers/cultures is an important part of GCSE Art and Design and in Year 10, we arrange an enrichment visit to a gallery/museum in London, providing students with an invaluable opportunity to see works of art first hand.  Students are encouraged to use galleries as an additional resource within both units of the GCSE.


Students will demonstrate all of the skills above through the development, refinement, recording, realisation and presentation of their ideas through a portfolio and by responding to an externally set assignment.

Personal Portfolio: Worth 60% of overall grade

Students submit one Portfolio that includes a sustained project evidencing the journey from initial engagement to the realisation of intentions and a selection of further work undertaken during the student’s course of study.  This work will be contained in sketchbooks and may include larger scale art in 2D or 3D form.  This portfolio of work is completed during lesson time and homework throughout year 10 and the autumn term of year 11.

Externally set assignment: Worth 40% of overall grade

The externally set assignment provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate, through an extended creative response, their ability to draw together different areas of knowledge, skills and/or understanding in response to their selected starting point. Students respond to their chosen starting point from an externally set paper with different titles to choose from. The papers are available from the 2nd of January and you have around 9 weeks to create your project. This will culminate in 10-hours of supervised time to create a final piece for the project




For further details, please click on the link below:

AQA Art and Design

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