Art and design

Art and Design

The study of Art, Craft and Design allows some of the highest forms of human creativity. A high-quality art and design education should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art. 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.

Art and design at Hermitage Academy, leads students on a creative journey though self-expression whilst developing a wealth of knowledge in core skills. Drawing underpins all creative outcomes, with painting, mixed media, digital editing, Sculpture and experimental approaches, experienced by students and developed into outcomes throughout key stages three and four. 

We encourage our students to explore visual, tactile and other sensory experiences to communicate ideas and meanings. They work with traditional and new media, developing confidence, competence and imagination. We pride ourselves on the variety of specialist resources and ideas from which to develop a wide variety of subject specialist skills. They learn to appreciate and value images and artefacts across times and cultures, and to understand the contexts in which they were made. 
Students reflect critically on their own work and that of others, judging quality, value and meaning. They learn to think and act as artists, craftspeople and designers, working creatively, intelligently and independently. Using the formal elements of art and design, students articulate their thoughts and opinions about artwork from a range of artists, designers and practitioners and the work of their own and peers, with subject-specific terminology. 

In key stage three, a wide variety of drawing, painting, mixed media, printmaking and sculpture allow pupils to explore and develop ideas and design processes whilst learning about divine proportion, pictorial space, colour theory and composition. A range of materials, techniques and processes are used including Paper Collage, diverse drawing media, Ink and Oil pastel Resist techniques, photography for observation, watercolour and print making and Stencil production. 

In key stage four, students are invited to advance upon processes introduced at key stage 3 to develop their confidence and creativity. Specialist disciplines covered at GCSE include Art and Design and Photography. Specifications delivered at Hermitage Academy are AQA Art and Design across the two endorsements. 

Curriculum information






Year 7 

  • Formal Elements 

Liz Pichon / Tom Gates  

  • Evaluating the work of other times and cultures 

    Op art  

  • Recording observations 
    Stationery Forms  

  • Experimenting with craft 
    Artful Monsters 


  • Evaluating great artists 
    Henri Rousseau 

  • Making and creating 
    Artful Creatures master piece  


Year 8 

  • Drawing skills 
    Tone and Form 

  • Experimenting with media 
    Maurice Sandek – Where the Wild things are  

  • Observational drawing 

Figurative Illustration 

  • Experimenting with craft 
    Resist technique / Henry Moore 


  • Evaluating the work of others 
    Bank note design  

  • Making and creating 

Art of money  

Year 9 

  • Developing creativity 
    Think Conversely – William Mitchel relief drawings/ Surface design 


  • Exploring media and materials 
    Sculptural shoes  


  • Refining art skills 
    Pattern and Surface textile decoration 


Year 10 

  • Refining skills 
    Observation and refinement exploring Abstract forms 


  • Sustained project 
    Expressive Paper 



  • Sustained project 
    Extend and repurpose through  

  • Expressive Objects  

  • Expressive Abstraction  

  • Expressive Figure 


Year 11 

  • Mock exam 

  • Development of Final Outcome 


  • Externally set assignment 
    Exam board led 


  • Externally set assignment 
    Exam board led 

  • Sustained project review 
    Refinement and selection for portfolio 




Art offers me a way to see my success straight away.
Year 7 student
You are able to express your own interests and ideas in a way no other subject quite can.
Year 13 student