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Stewards Academy

Stewards Academy

Science Specialist

Art and Design

Subject Intent

Through Art, we guide and nurture growth of developing minds by providing opportunities to explore, research, invent, investigate, express, dream, reflect and communicate in a stimulating environment that celebrates diversity.  We endeavour to develop critical thinking and interpret the world around us. Through the development of visual literacy and the art of conversation, students are prepared to analyse and interpret their visual world in many types of forms. We believe that it is through the Arts that we ask questions, ponder unsolved problems, take risks, and seek to understand experiences of past, present and future. 


The overarching aim for Art and Photography is to promote high standards of presentation, research and exploration by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken, written and visual word. The subject promotes their love of the world around us through widespread research and skill-based learning for enjoyment. The curriculum for Art and Photography aims to ensure that all pupils: 

  • Appreciation of different approaches to recording images, such as observation, analysis, expression and imagination. 

  • Understanding of the conventions of figurative/representational and abstract/non-representational imagery or genres. 

  • Appreciation of different ways and approaches of working. 

  • Understanding of pictorial space, composition, rhythm, scale and structure. 

  • Appreciation of colour, line, tone, texture, space, shape and form. 

  • The ability to respond to an issue, theme, concept or idea, or work to a brief or answer a need in Art/Photography. 

  • How ideas, feelings and meanings can be conveyed and interpreted in images and artefacts in the chosen area(s) of study. 

  • Investigate historical, contemporary developments and different styles and genres. 

  • Explore how images and artefacts relate to social, environmental, cultural and/or ethical contexts, and to the time and place in which they were created.  

Key Stage 3

At KS3 Stewards Art department embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. Our high-quality art and design education engages, inspires and challenges pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. We push students to express, dream, create and reflect whilst celebrating cultural diversity.

We endeavour for pupils to be able to think critically to interpret the world around us. Through our creative journey we develop the skills that show how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.

Through our variety of projects it is our aim for pupils to 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 and finally to know about great artists, craft makers and designers. Students will be exposed to the formal elements, to embody a basis of skill, travel to the lands of mythical creatures, explore the plains of Africa and dive into a world of mystery and understanding with the topic of Cubism.

Year 7 Unit Titles

Year 8 Unit Titles

Year 9 Unit Titles
  • Formal Elements: Beetles Bugs and Butterflies
  • Mythical creatures
  • African Art
  • Cubism
  • Artist investigations
  • Ancient Cultures


 Brief description of the departments homework policy for pupils in year 7,8+9

Homework is usually set for students every two weeks. Whilst there are set homework tasks to support each project, some extra homework may be set to ensure pupils are keeping on track and up to date with projects. The art department is available to help students with equipment and printing.

Year 7 Homework Tasks

Year 8 and 9 Homework Tasks

  • Tone Wheel
  • Tone exercise sheet
  • Mark making wheel
  • Magnus Muhr Artist research
  • Bug photography
  • Research on mythical creatures
  • Creature habitat research
  • Bring in a jam jar of some kind
  • African art research
  • African art pattern research
  • African art map
  • Bring in a milk bottle
  • Cubism research
  • Pablo Picasso research
  • Take a self portrait photograph


Key Stage 4

GCSE specifications in art and design must encourage students to:

  • actively engage in the creative process of art, craft and design in order to develop as effective and independent learners, and as critical and reflective thinkers with enquiring minds
  • develop creative, imaginative and intuitive capabilities when exploring and making images, artefacts and products
  • become confident in taking risks and learn from experience when exploring and experimenting with ideas, processes, media, materials and techniques
  • develop critical understanding through investigative, analytical, experimental, practical, technical and expressive skills
  • develop and refine ideas and proposals, personal outcomes or solutions with increasing independence
  • acquire and develop technical skills through working with a broad range of media, materials, techniques, processes and technologies with purpose and intent
  • develop knowledge and understanding of art, craft and design in historical and contemporary contexts, societies and cultures
  • develop an awareness of the different roles and individual work practices evident in the production of art, craft and design in the creative and cultural industries
  • develop an awareness of the purposes, intentions and functions of art, craft and design in a variety of contexts and as appropriate to students’ own

(The National Curriculum for Art and Design)

Throughout the course at Stewards Academy students are encouraged to learn through practical experience and demonstrate knowledge and understanding through their creative intentions.

Intentions should be realised through recording, experimentation and visual language. Students can reflect critically during their creative journeys.

Stewards Academy art department offers many new learning opportunities, these opportunities should be developed by students independently that create connections to their own projects. Students will be guided throughout the course with regular feedback and deadlines.

Year 10 – ‘Recipes’

Year 11 – ‘Natural Forms’ and Externally set exam by AQA.

Component/Unit 1/Unit 2

What is assessed:

  • 60% Coursework – containing two sustained projects, ‘Recipes’ and ‘Natural Forms’ and then a further selection of experimental work.
  • Students will be assessed on their ability to research artists, designers, themes, ability to experiment with ideas and materials, ability to record their own ideas and their own unique outcome which will link to the project.

How will it be assessed:

  • Within in school by the subject teachers and then further assessed by an external AQA moderator.


External Unit/ Examination 

What is assessed:

  • 40% Exam – One project externally set by the exam board (AQA).
  • Students will be assessed on their ability to research artists, designers, themes, ability to experiment with ideas and materials, ability to record their own ideas and their own unique outcome which will link to the project.
  • The exam project will run from the first week in January until the end of April. All exam work and coursework should be completed by this date.

How will it be assessed:

  • Within in school by the subject teachers and then further assessed by an external AQA moderator.


 Homework policy for pupils at KS4

GCSE students are required to work independently, and it is essential deadlines are met and kept too.

Homework will be to set that links with their current projects to ensure students are completing certain pages by certain times.

The department offers x3 coursework sessions a week, students should be attending at least one of these sessions whilst also completing at least an hour a week at home, totalling students to be spending at least x2 hours a week working independently outside the classroom.