Art & Design

Art and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. We aim to provide a high-quality art and design education which engages, inspires and challenges pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art and design. 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. Pupils will be taught to develop their creativity and ideas, and increase proficiency in their execution. They will also develop a critical understanding of artists, architects and designers, expressing reasoned judgements that can inform their own work.

Subject content in Y7 and 8 consists of a series of skills based projects focusing upon building pupils proficiency in drawing, painting, ceramics and print making. In year 9 students will complete a 12 lesson art carousel further building upon the foundation of skills gained in Y7 and 8.  Extended homework projects develop links with artists and provide opportunities for pupils to explore photography, sculpture and mixed media techniques. For GCSE the above skills are further developed with more advanced techniques and materials being introduced while pupils work on a series of linear projects. Ideas are developed, materials explored and refined, recording skills are demonstrated both visually and in written form and all work is then presented appropriately to demonstrate that students have realised their intentions.

Curriculum Intention:

  1. To produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences. Clear refinement of ideas working with a range of materials and processes.
  2. To become proficient in drawing, painting, print making, ceramics, sculpture and other art and design techniques
  3. To evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art and design
  4. To know about great artists and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms


In order to provide our pupils with a broad skill set and allow them to experience a range of materials and techniques we have designed our curriculum to cover the main areas within Art and Design. Drawing, Painting, Print Making, 3D and Ceramics work along with Photography and Art History act as the foundation which will allow our pupils to progress into a range of creative career paths through further study.


St Aidan’s Catholic Academy considers the greatest impact of the curriculum to be high rates of pupil progress


Pupils are assessed focusing upon four assessment objectives which are in line with exam board requirements at GCSE.

  • AO1 Develop – Researching relevant artists, art movements and sources in order to develop their work.
  • AO2 Explore & Refine – Experimenting with a range of materials and techniques and refining their work as they progress.
  • AO3 Record – Recording ideas visually using appropriate media and through written annotations.
  • AO4 Present – Presenting a personal and meaningful response which realise intentions.

Progress in:

  1. Students will develop skills which allow them to use a range of techniques to record their observations in sketchbooks, journals and other media as a basis for exploring their ideas.
  2. Students will learn to use a range of techniques and media, including painting and ceramics.
  3. Students will increase their proficiency in the handling of different materials.
  4. Develop their analysis skills allowing them to analyse and evaluate their own work, and that of others, in order to strengthen the visual impact or applications of their work.
  5. about the history of art, craft, design and architecture, including periods, styles and major movements from ancient times up to the present day.

Curriculum Map

Art 7 Year Curriculum Map

DT 7 Year Curriculum Map

Course Information

GCSE Course Information ART & DT

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