Welcome to the Art & Design Department at Outwood Academy Ormesby

““I can express myself and explore my identity through my art work”.”

Art ignites curiosity and ingenuity. Art fires up imagination. Art can transform lives. It gives us the power to question, to confront, to explore, and to challenge how we think about the world.

The art department is dedicated to providing lessons that engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment and create their own works of art, craft and design. As pupils progress, they will develop the skills to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. Pupils will learn about how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.

Overview of Key Stage 3

During the two years of KS3, students have the opportunity to experience; drawing and painting, mixed media, design and three-dimensional artwork. All students follow the National Curriculum and will study the following areas in art; fine art, craft and design.

In year 7 students begin with a fine art project focusing on still life to develop their skills in the formal elements through drawing. Following this, students study a design project which is based on fish; this project aims to develop 3-D construction and model making skills. In the last term of year 7 students will study perspective through landscapes and explore the works of impressionist painters, focusing on mixing and paint application.

In year 8 student begin with a fine art project focusing on food to further develop their skills and proficiency in the formal elements through drawing. The second and third year 8 projects explore culture and architecture. Students develop a piece of artwork in a medium of their choice.

Within each unit students learn about a relevant artist, designer, craftsperson or architect and explore ideas in their sketchbooks. They then produce a final response that relates to their initial research.


Overview of Key Stage 4

AQA Art & Design.
During Key Stage 4 students will work on given projects to build up a portfolio of work. They will complete coursework which will make up 60% of their grade and they will complete an externally set assignment which will be 40% of their final grade. Students will learn about a wide range of materials, techniques and processes. They will also be expected to discover artists and art movements to provide inspiration for their work. Students will develop their skills both collaboratively and independently, and they will receive excellent, guided feedback from outstanding art staff. Students each have their own portfolio so that they can effectively show their creative journey.

Current year 10 – Art and design – GCSE – aqa specification. (Legacy.)
Link to GCSE Specification

Year 9 – new specification – aqa art,craft and design GCSE.
Link to GCSE Specification


Enrichment Opportunities

Thursday – KS4 GCSE Booster club.
Friday – KS3 Art Club.

SMSC (Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural)

Art club enrichment.
Pupils teaching pupils teaching and learning strategies.
Collaborative learning opportunities producing large scale pieces of 2-D and 3-D art.
Constructive peer feedback to improve learning.

Exploring the work of others, understanding concepts and meanings.
Evaluating the work of others.
Questions posed for debate such as ‘Is graffiti vandalism or art?’

Exploration of own and others identities.
Creation of personal art work in response to a title or question.
Developing the use of personal expression through final outcomes.

Culture based projects understanding the world and others around us.
Exploration into the work of others.
Trips to local environments and gallery visits.


Mrs S McGuire – Teacher of Art
Mrs A Clayton – Teacher of Art