Art - Thistley Hough Academy

The P4G Design Programme combines a conceptual framework with subject specific practical skills. As well as underpinning the teaching and learning of Art and Design, the Key Concepts, which drive the programme, explore the value and impact of Pattern, Structure, Meaning, Human Interaction, Performance and Practice.

P4G Art and Design offers opportunities for students to develop their creativity, imagination and problem solving skills through visual, tactile and formal elements. Students develop techniques through experimenting with a wide range of media in response to the disciplines of Art, whilst developing practical, technical and critical skills, communicating their ideas, feelings and meanings in response to the work of artists and designers.

Year 7

The year 7 Art curriculum focuses on the development of formal skills such as the understanding of tone, shape and colour. Students are systematically guided through the Key Concepts whilst focusing on National Curriculum expectations. The foci centre on the following:

* Observational skills and their translation of the observed form onto a 2D surface

* Critical and contextual analyses of the work of a diverse range of artists and cultures

* Tonal drawing and sketching techniques

* Colour theory and formal elements.

Year 8

Year 8 Art and design programme of study allows students to explore and develop their knowledge and understanding by enabling students to experiment with a broad range of media, techniques and processes, whilst further developing an understanding of a variety of artists and cultures. Students are encouraged to make more in depth analysis of their own work and that of the artists studied, thus developing their own artistic autonomy.

Year 9

In year 9, the Art and Design programme encapsulates the developmental learning in the previous years into cohesive projects in preparation for the GCSE course in y10 and y11. Students produce observational studies in a range of media from a stimulus of their choice. They study the work of other artists, analysing the skills and techniques they wish to apply into their own experiments and final outcomes for their project. Pupils explore 2D and 3D elements, deciding on the materials and processes they wish to proceed with in realisation of their ideas.


At UP4G, GCSE Art embeds and consolidates LP4G key skills but focusses on the development of the individual as a creative problem solver and practitioner. The course is mainly practical, but students will need to demonstrate their critical and evaluative skills through written annotations and comparative analyses of their work and the work of other artists and designers.

The course comprises of one large coursework project and one exam project. Within both projects

students create a series of observational studies in a wide range of media, produce contextual research into art and artists, experiment with ideas and materials and create a final piece that

culminates this body of work.

We strongly believe in personalising every student’s journey in Art so that everybody’s work is relevant to their strengths, style and interests.

Art teaches you invaluable and transferable life skills that can be used in any future career or educational pathway. Some of these skills include

* undertaking research and investigation

* problem solving

* confidence building

* visual awareness

* the ability to develop ideas, your own initiative and cultural and racial understanding

* developing a working knowledge of the materials, practices and technology of art and design

* developing the skills to investigate, analyse and experiment

* developing your imaginative powers and the skills to express your ideas, feelings and meanings.

Final assessment

• Coursework = 60%

• Set Task = 40%

All work is internally marked and moderated by grading coursework and set task separately, then adding together for a final mark. These marks are externally moderated and checked by OCR before the final grade is awarded.