Cardinal Allen
Catholic High School

Art and Design


Art and Design is a vibrant and creative subject where pupils have the opportunity to work with a variety of different media and are able to express themselves through their work. This includes both 2D and 3D work using media such as drawing, painting, print, clay and sculpture.

During Key Stage 3, pupils will learn the formal elements and then will build upon this knowledge during Key Stage 4, following the AQA GCSE course. Pupils will learn about a variety of different artists and craftspeople, from more traditional to contemporary.

Art is a popular subject and we offer many activities outside of lesson time, including clubs and trips to galleries and colleges, to further develop the skills, passion and creativity of our young people.

Art and Design

Year 7

Pupils will experiment with different drawing, shading and mark making techniques and will utilise these skills to produce an observational drawing from still life. Pupils will also study Itten's colour theory, Pollock and Hockney, and will learn how to mix colours with paint to create secondary and tertiary colours. They will learn to manipulate paint to create different hues, tints, tones, harmonising colours and complementary colours and will create a series of abstract paintings. Pupils will learn about Islamic art and will create their own geometric shapes and patterns. Pupils will further develop their colour blending and rendering techniques. Pupils will design and create a monoprint of their interpretation of an Islamic tile.

Year 8

Pupils will learn about Mexican Culture and art work which will inspire them to create their own colourful plate design, leading onto producing their own ceramic tile inspired from their designs. Pupils will also create insect drawings using ink, utilising a variety of drawing methods. In the final term, pupils will complete detailed observational drawings of natural forms and will create 3d sculptures using found materials, working in the style of various land artists such as Goldsworthy, Long and Shilling.

Year 9

Pupils will work in the style of Georgia O'Keeffe and will produce a semi-abstract painting using watercolour or acrylic.

Pupils will be inspired by the work of William Morris and will design a wallpaper sample or a tattoo based on his work. In term 3 pupils will create a gridded portrait using pencil, following lessons about symmetry, proportion, division, drawing of facial features and tonal shading.

GCSE Art and Design

Pupils will produce a portfolio of work for component 1 which will compromise of a series of media experimentations including pastel, paint and pencil leading up to final outcomes of ceramic work based on the theme 'flowers and plants.' Pupils will document their journey, including artistic influences and analysis of work. Pupils will then produce a sustained project based on the theme of 'Identity', which will comprise of a series of studies using a variety of media including print, paint and pencil leading up to final outcomes of portraiture work.

In year 11 pupils will complete component 2, choosing one question from the AQA paper as a starting point. Exam papers will be distributed in January and the exam will commence in April.

Course Components

Component 1: Portfolio

What's assessed

A portfolio that in total shows explicit coverage of the four assessment objectives. It must include a sustained project evidencing the journey from initial engagement to the realisation of intentions and a selection of further work undertaken during the students course of study.

How it's assessed

  • 96 marks
  • 60% of GCSE

Component 2: Externally set assignment

Students respond to their chosen starting point from an externally set assignment paper relating to their subject title, evidencing coverage of all four assessment objectives.

How it's assessed

Preparatory period followed by 10 hours of supervised time

  • 96 marks
  • 60% of GCSE


After school clubs are provided for keen students who wish to stretch their abilities. Catch up and support is also offered on a one to one basis where necessary. Some of the support sessions, clubs and activities offered are:

  • Monday lunch KS3 Art club
  • Monday after school KS3 Art Clinic
  • Monday after school KS4 catch up
  • Tuesday after school KS4 catch up
  • Thursday lunch KS4 catch up


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    The links below will take you to subject specific information outlining the current Key Stage 3 and 4 Course Guide.

  • Key Stage 3
  • Key Stage 4

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