Art & Design


Head of Department: Mrs Emma Sunderland


At Stratton Upper School students build on the foundations started in middle school. All students are introduced to the different disciplines in Art and Design including: painting and drawing, photography, textiles, sculpture and ceramics. students experience a wide range of creative techniques skills and enjoy creating personal responses to starting points.
The facilities offered include open studio space and a photography dark room.
We teach traditional and modern techniques and have strong links with the art community in and around Bedfordshire. Our staff are highly trained and practicing artists who offer a wide range of expertise and specialisms.
We promote Art and Design as a practical discipline to develop skills, creativity and communication skills.

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Year 9:

Students explore visual language through a wide range of media and techniques, including drawing, painting, photography, sculpture and textiles. Throughout the year they are encouraged to learn new skills and develop their own artwork from starting points introduced in the class.

Year 9 Curriculum

Year 9 complete three projects throughout the year:

Project 1: Foundations
In this project students are introduced to the Art department and create a collaborative piece of artwork for display around the school. Each year the theme varies. The work is based on the values promoted in year 9 that promote the Stratton Standard of working.

Project 2: Shoes
Students explore different media such as painting, drawing, photography and sculpture to create their own response to the theme of shoes. They choose which media and techniques they will use to present a final piece of Art for Display in the school year. They produce a series of experiments and a final piece of work.

Project 3: Endangered Species
students explore different endangered species through printmaking, ICT and textiles. They again select the media they would like to use to present their final ideas. students work in their own homemade sketchbooks to develop their ideas. This project allows students to develop their own personal ideas and responses improving their communication skills to create work inspired by local, country and worldwide themes.

All students are asked to complete regular extended learning tasks. These are in the form of contextual studies and designed to complement student classwork.

Years 10 and 11:

Students can choose from two courses:

GCSE Art and Design: Unendorsed - AQA

Assessment Summary:

Course Work Portfolio: (Foundation Project, 2 personal projects) – 60%
Externally Set Task: a response to a set theme – 40%

Course Outline:

The GCSE Art and Design course offers students the opportunity to experience a range of disciplines and develop them into two chosen specialisms. Students start the course with a foundation in the skills and disciplines needed throughout the project. These will include Painting and Drawing, Textiles, 3D Studies including ceramics and Printmaking.
Students will complete two different projects. In the first project they will choose to specialise in either Painting and Drawing or textiles. In the second project they choose to specialise in drawing and printmaking or 3D studies.
Students are expected to develop their ideas through extended learning at home for at least 90 minutes a week. Students will also have the opportunity to visit art galleries and participate in trips and visits outside of school to collect resources as inspiration for their project work.

GCSE Art and Design: Photography - AQA

Assessment Summary:

Course Work Portfolio: (Foundation Project, 2 personal projects) – 60%
Externally Set Task: a response to a set theme – 40%

Course Outline:

The GCSE art and Design Photography specialism offers students the opportunity to develop their photography and communication skills. To participate in this course pupil should have their own digital SLR camera.
In this course students will complete a foundation course looking at different camera techniques, digital manipulation and dark room practices. They then complete two projects following set themes.
Students are expected to develop their ideas through extended learning at home for at least 90 minutes a week. Students will also have the opportunity to visit art galleries and participate in trips and visits outside of school to collect resources as inspiration for their project work.