School Design Leaders | Mrs J Aaron & Mrs S Charlesworth | &


Our aim is to provide a high-quality art and design programme of study that will engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. Pupils’ understanding and enjoyment of art and design is paramount and there are a range of activities that are designed to develop their knowledge and understanding of Art, encouraging them to question and think about their work and improve their skills. Each student is encouraged to achieve high standards, be adventurous and experiment with a range of media and processes. Sketchbooks are an essential part of their independent learning and students are encouraged to use these effectively to aid their creative development, improve their confidence and extend their capabilities in the subject.

In Art we aim to:

  • Provide students with the opportunity to learn new skills, develop imaginative responses, record feelings, express ideas, stimulate their creativity and imagination.
  • Provide structured schemes which cover a variety of topics and incorporate the use of various materials, techniques and processes.
  • Encourage students to become aware and develop an appreciation of the importance of Art and Design in everyday life and contributions made by past and present artists and designers.
  • Help improve student’s visual awareness and artistic vocabulary.
  • Encourage students to be able to select and experiment with different materials to improve their skills and their own artistic style.
  • Develop discussion and evaluation of student’s own work and that of others, and share their ideas and opinions.
  • Encourage student’s self-confidence and allow them to take pride in their work.

Pupils will:

  • Produce observational drawings where they will record what they see and what they recall from memory.
  • Undertake imaginative and expressive activities, recording their ideas and feelings and exploring their imagination.
  • Explore the formal elements of art: line, tone, colour, shape, form, texture and pattern.
  • Develop their knowledge and familiarize themselves with a range of artists and styles, improving their knowledge of art history and other cultures.
  • Learn a range of skills including drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, pottery, 2-D and 3-D work, collage and digital media.
  • Work independently and in groups.
  • Use various materials and equipment safely.
  • Explore cross-curricular themes where appropriate.
  • Make use of art books in the department library and carry out their own research using the internet to develop their knowledge and inspire subsequent work.
  • Be shown examples of artists work relevant to their own work being produced in class.
  • Be expected to work to their highest ability at all times.
  • Be given a sketchbook in which they will complete all artwork, both in class and home learning tasks, covering a range of topics and activities.

Curriculum Overview

Year 6

Autumn Term

What is Art?
Exploring the importance of art and understanding the formal elements.

Learning about Picasso and his life. Exploring all his periods.

Colour Theory
Understanding the colour theory and practising mixing them. Exploring colours and their symbolic meanings.

The main focus is on how Cubism developed and understanding its style.

Spring Term

Picasso and Cubism
Produce a still life from observation and develop it into a Cubist mixed media piece of artwork.

Mexican Day of the Dead Sugar Skulls
Exploring the art and culture behind the festival and pupils create sugar skull inspired artwork.

Summer Term

Sugar Skulls - Clay 
Understand the processes and techniques used in clay from earth to glazing. Pupils make a clay sugar skull.

Printing and Pattern
Explore the use of pattern and produce their own print. Pupils will be studying the work of William Morris and the Arts and Craft movement.

Year 7

Autumn Term

What is Art?
Exploring the importance of Art and the formal elements.

Tone - Drawing skills
Develop drawing skills using a range of materials to explore tone. 

Giorgio Morandi - Painting
Study the work of Giorgio Morandi and produce a still life painting in his style.

Spring Term

Giorgio Morandi Painting Continued

OP Art
Learn about the OP Art movement and explore their techniques. Pupils will create their own independent OP Artwork. (Subject to change)

Summer Term Masks
Learn about how masks are used in different cultures around the work. Design and make their own mask in 3D. (Subject to change)

Year 8

Autumn Term

What is Art?
Exploring the importance of Art and the formal elements.

What is Pop Art?
Exploration of the movement and how it relates to modern-day life. It will comprise of artist research, how it links to fashion and explore a variety of Pop artists and learn about their style and techniques.

Pop Art Portraits
Pupils design and produce their own Pop Art inspired self-portraits.

Spring Term

Pop Art Continued

Learning about the history of architecture and researching key architects and their designs.

Summer Term Architecture
Looking at the artist Ian Murphy. Pupils experiment with different techniques using a range of materials and develop their own paintings based on local architecture. The Independent final piece continued inspired by the artist Ian Murphy.

Art Club

The Art room is open every lunchtime from 12.10 – 12.40 for children to continue with class work or to produce their own personal work.

KMS Art Gallery

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Art and SMSC

Art lends itself to a wide range of Spiritual, Moral, Cultural and Social studies. Pupils will analyse, engage with and question their own and others work, identify how beliefs, values and meanings are expressed and shared. Pupils are encouraged to express themselves through their art, which is supported by strong research into the wider world around them.

Spiritual Development in Art

Spiritual education involves the awe and wonder of art that is shown to the pupils. Our schemes of learning  are dependent on the pupils ability to enquire and communicate their ideas, meanings and feelings. Pupils investigate visual, tactile and other sensory qualities of their work and others work. Independent thinking is encouraged that will enable students to develop their ideas and intentions and express them in an appropriate manner.

Pupils demonstrate their spiritual development through their pride in their work, curiosity in investigating styles, genres and artists from a range of movements. Their interpretation of objects, emotions and development of their own unique style is encouraged throughout the curriculum. For example in Year Seven we study the work of African Art and it’s spiritual meaning. Pupils learn about various African tribes and their uses of masks within their society.

Moral Development.

Moral education is delivered through opportunities to discuss and debate pieces of art, their meaning and how moral issues are portrayed through art. Pupils are often asked to discuss their work and that of their peers and be sensitive to others feelings when doing so. They may be asked to examine art that addresses morality and are asked to reflect on the context and time in which these were made and how it relates or impacts in the world that we now live. Pupils are encouraged to understand the world and also appreciate the diverse forms in which art may be presented.

Social Development

Social development is delivered through the celebration of pupils work throughout the school and displayed in many areas. Pupils work independently and collaboratively to develop pieces of art work. Pupils will understand, appreciate and accept others, opinions, tastes, talents and interpretations. Pupils learn that art is a method of communication that is worldwide and it is a form of language that may be communicated without any writing or speaking. In Year 8 we study the work of the pop artists and the reasons it began and learn about the role it plays in fashion today. Pupils than design and produce their own portrait that reflects their life.

Cultural Development

Cultural education involves the investigation and appreciation of how other countries, cultures, religion and beliefs influence art pieces, movements and genres. Art also examines responses to art dependent on culture, background and understanding of issues that may have led to a piece of art. An appreciation of the pupils’ community and culture is important to cultural development in art as well as their respect and appreciation of diversity. In year 6 we study the art work associated with the Mexican day of the dead and the influences it has on modern day.

What career…?

The creative industries are growing, particularly the digital market.  Games design, animation and graphic design will continue to develop and a GCSE in Art is the first step on the ladder towards this career.

Other Art based careers are ; Architect, Set Design, Make-up Design, Fashion Design, Fabric/ Textile Design, Product Design (anything from tea cups to cars!), Art Therapist, Nursery Nurse, Childcare worker, Primary or Secondary School Teacher, Art Editor, Art Gallery Curator, Costume Designer, Design Engineer, CAD Technician, Glassmaker, Florist, Fine Artist, Illustrator, Jewellery Designer-Maker, Model Maker, Printmaker, Landscape Architect, Photographer, Sculptor, Signwriter, Stonemason, Tattooist, Web Designer, Computer Game Designer.