Springwest academy 16


"Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes.  Art is knowing which ones to keep." - Scott Adams


ART is...

Art is a way to explore, engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation. (National Curriculum 2013).

Springwest Academy Art Department aims to ensure that all pupils: produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences , become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques, evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design, know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms. (National Curriculum 2013)





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In Year 7 - Art and Design Students will explore what communities mean to them through formal elements and natural forms, focusing on their school environment.

Character Education Focus - Community Pride

Food Packaging Project

Pop Art

Students will explore the design of food packaging and how this has inspired modern and contemporary artists and designs.  They will use their work as a basis for some sculptural pieces.

Students will use observational drawing and research skills to develop and refine a design which will be influenced by the work of Michael Craig-Martin.


In Year 8 - Art and Design Students will explore how creativity will help them grow as individuals through exploring art history movements and being inspired by everyday objects to create individual outcomes

Character Education Focus - Creativity

Cubism Project

Natural Forms

Students will explore one of the most creative historical periods for visual Art - Cubism.  They will explore established arts techniques and create their own response. 

Students will explore forms from nature through observational drawings and exploring formal elements of Art.  Students will also explore the printing technique of Monoprinting.   They will use their research to support the creation of a response.


In Year 9 - Art and Design Students will be stepping out of their comfort zones by working in a more independent way, exploring identity and completing their KS3 journey.

Character Education Focus - Autonomy 

Beauty of the Mundane

Identity Project

Students will explore objects that they might overlook in their everyday lives.  This recalls the tradition of artists throughout the ages that focus on the art of Still Life.

Students will start to move beyond the practical application of ‘how to draw’ a portrait, and will try to develop a deeper understanding of the impact of culture and other personal influences to create a final piece.



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Students will draw on the work of artists such as Julian Opie , Chuck Close, Jenny Saville as well as the art movement ‘Fauvism’ to create a unique and personal portrait.

Students will explore Futurism and surrealism within the theme of movement, creating a personal printed outcome for the project.

Students will focus on the work of Villasana, Suhaim, Romussi and Pop art to create a textile final outcome.

Digital - Inside Out

Students will carry out a year long project 1 day a week focusing solely on digital work and how this can be used in their portfolios.  Their focus will be on the theme of inside out and will explore artists, photo shoots and digital post editing experimentation to arrive at a final piece.


Natural Forms

Externally Set Task






Intro to Photography


Inside Out

Students to explore formal elements and a brief look at the history of Photography

Students explore the theme of Identity and portraiture in Photography.  They will draw on the work of established artists and start to develop their post editing knowledge.

Students continue to develop their editing and shooting skills through the more abstract theme of ‘Inside Out’.  They will choose to explore a range of artist techniques and apply them in a personal response.



Externally Set Task


Students to recall all of their knowledge over the last year (formal elements, compositional techniques, editing skills) and start to use them to help display a narrative in their work

In January, the exam board will set a range of different themes that students can choose from.  They then build the project towards a final piece which will be completed in their exam. 


GCSE Exams: AQA GCSE Art, Craft & Design, AQA GCSE Photography