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St Peter's
Catholic School

Art and Design


Mr R Hartley

Head of Department

The Team
Miss S Cox Teacher of Art and Photography
Mrs C Jones    Teacher of Art and Photography
Mrs J Kemp Teacher of Art and Art Technician
Introduction to the Department

The Art Department at St Peter’s is a warm and welcoming environment, where all students are treated as individuals and given the opportunity to excel in their own right. Celebration of achievement is encouraged and Schemes of Work are designed to engage all ability levels.

Key Stage 3 Information

The mastery curriculum has been developed to allow all students the opportunity to develop their understanding of other artists by critically analysing their work. Students are exposed to a wide range of media and materials which encourages them to take risks and learn from mistakes.

Year 7

In Year 7 we introduce students to the formal elements. These are the building blocks for any artwork. Students are encouraged to use the formal elements to describe art work and become familiar with the language and its application to practical work. Throughout Year 7 students are given the opportunity to learn about drawing, paint, print and 3D. 

Year 8

In Year 8 we focus on portraiture. Re-capping the formal elements and using these to analyse artwork. All students work through a 3D project, using clay which focuses on the Green Man. Other cultures and artefacts are used for inspiration. Before embarking on a mixed media outcome influenced by contemporary artists students are taught how to look at themselves and record portraiture using a variety of different media and techniques.

Year 9

In Year 9 students are exposed to  3 projects (Food and Drink, Architecture and Photography).

Building on knowledge and confidence from Years 7 and 8 students explore materials and techniques learning how to combine these to create work in response to the projects. Analysis and the ability to talk about artwork is crucial as is an understanding to present work creatively.

Key Stage 4 Information

In Years 10 and 11, we follow the Eduqas exam board specification. Students are given the opportunity to produce 2 units of work (Coursework 60% of the grade and the Externally Set Task (40% of the grade). Both units are internally assessed and externally moderated.

Throughout their journey students are exposed to a wide range of working methods, they are encouraged to use materials in creative ways making mistakes and learning from these as they develop ideas. Annotation and analysis is crucial to communicating ideas whilst critically evaluating and reflecting upon the processes taken. Students are encouraged to work independently and allow their work to become a personal journey that leads towards a suitable outcome.