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Curriculum: Art Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4, students can choose to study GCSE Fine Art or GCSE Photography

Students are encouraged to develop creative skills, learning to use their imagination and gaining confidence in taking risks. Students develop competence, with increasing independence, in refining and developing ideas and proposals, personal outcomes or solutions. Additionally, they develop cultural knowledge, understanding and application of art, craft, design, photography in historical and contemporary contexts, societies and cultures.

Students begin Year 9 with a project entitled 'Myself.' This project looks at distorted portraiture and then moves into looking at the illustrative style of artists such as Teesha Moore and Aaron Kraton. Students explore and extend their skills in using 2D media and look at recording text, pattern and colour. Students then design and create their own characters and introduce personal details to their designs. Students extend their contextual understanding by studying and working in the style of these artists. Other Year 9 projects are based around shanty houses or expressive natural forms; both of which build on 2D skills, allowing students to explore and experiment with a range of materials and then design and create a 3D piece.

In Year 10 students follow a structured course which will allow them to develop a wide range of skills in using a variety of materials and techniques. These include painting, drawing, sculpture, textiles, photography and appropriate use of ICT skills to support each activity. Students will also study and respond to selected artists’ and photographers work and will develop skills in analysing the work of other artists, designers and craftspeople. Students will go on in Year 11 to develop their own ideas and will complete each project with a final piece of work which will show the skills that they have accumulated.

Both courses are very popular and our results reflect the success and outstanding quality of work produced. At GCSE individuality is always encouraged and as a consequence the range of work tends to be diverse in its originality. We welcome friends and family to our outstanding GCSE Art and GCSE Photography exhibitions at the end of the course to recognise our students' success.

A curriculum overview calendar for Years 7-11 Art is available here 

There is more information about GCSE Fine Art & GCSE Photography here

Please address any further enquiries to

Ms N Dalby - Head of Art

Richard Lander School