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 at Hermitage Academy aims to develop and nurture creativity through hands-on experiences of a wide range of processes. Drawing underpins all creative outcomes such as painting, printmaking, ceramics, collage and photography, these are developed further in Key Stages 3 and 4. Self-expression and creativity and can build confidence as well as a sense of individual identity. We encourage pupils to develop critical thinking and an understanding of visual language to interpret the world around us.

We encourage our pupils 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.
Pupils reflect critically on their own 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, pupils 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 3, 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 explored.

In Key Stage 4, students are invited to advance upon processes introduced at Key Stage 3 to develop their confidence and creativity. Specialist disciplines covered at GCSE include photography and fine art.


“Art makes children powerful” (Bob & Roberta Smith, 2003)

Curriculum information


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Year 7

• Introduction to formal elements(Art Box)


• Evaluating the work of other times & cultures (Vikings)

• Drawing tone & texture(Vikings)


• Evaluating great artists (In the Jungle)


•Evaluating great artists (In the Jungle)


• Mark-making (POP Art)

Year 8

•Experimenting with media (Shape & Form)

•Recording Observations (Toys)

•Recording Observations (Toys)

•Evaluating the work of others (Close-Up)

•Experimenting with media (Fruit & Veg)

Year 9

•Developing creativity (Sweets)

•Shape & Form ( Natural forms)

•Shape & Form (Natural forms)

•Exploring media & materials (Local Heritage)

•Exploring media & materials (Local Heritage)

•Refining Art skills (Portraits)

Year 10 Art

Refining skills (POP Art prinitng)

Sustained project (The Traditional City)

Sustained project (The Traditional City)

Year 10 Photography

Skills & Principles (Photography Skills & Principles)

Sustained project 

Sustained project 

Year 11 Art Mock exam Externally set assignment

Externally set assignment

Year 11 Photography Mock exam Externally set assignment

Externally set assignment


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