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In Years 7, 8 and 9 students follow a structured scheme of work that provides basic building block skills as well as opportunities to creatively interpret set briefs. Each student works in their own A5 sketchbook to record observations, experiment and design final pieces. All students are taught Art up to Year 9, when a large number opt to continue their studies at GCSE.

Year 7Year 8Year 9 
Colour Mark

Making Under the Sea Blockheads

Monsters and Aliens
Food Glorious Food
Living Organisms
Gothic Art
African Art
Cut Outs
Eco-Fashion Show
Japanese Art

At GCSE, students are encouraged to develop more refined skills and critically analyse their own and other artists’ work. This allows them to understand the context of their work and the inspiration behind different types of artwork.

Students will usually complete 3 projects from the list below and then undertake the externally set assignment after Christmas in Year 11.

Year 10Year 11
Natural Forms
East meets West
Anatomical Drawing
Close Up
Whimsical Creatures

The Built Environment
Exam board: AQA GCSE Art, Craft and Design 8201
The course consists of 2 units; Coursework and an Externally Assessed Assignment.
Coursework 60%
consisting of project work based on a series of themes.
Exam 40%
A practical project selected from a range of starting points provided by the exam board, culminating in a final piece. Students have a preparatory period of approximately 4 months and then complete a 10 hour final piece.
Find out more about this qualification.

Department Staff:

Mr S Taylor | Subject Leader – Creative Industries | taylors@prentonhighschool.co.uk
Miss F Robinson | Teacher of Art
Ms J Kelly | Teacher of D&T (Graphics)
Ms J Dodd | Art Technician