Mrs J Beck (Subject Leader)
Miss E Mohammadzedah

Department Overview

The Art Department at Sacred Heart Secondary is a vibrant and lively place in which to learn. The two art rooms are equipped with studio-height desks and equipment for Fine Art, Craft, Design, Ceramics, Three Dimensional Art and Textiles. There are also computers available in each art room with Adobe Photoshop and a set of digital cameras. Other facilities include a printing press and kiln.

Key Stage 3

During the three years of KS3, students have the opportunity to experience; drawing and painting, ceramics, mixed media, design and three-dimensional artwork.  All students follow the National Curriculum and complete two units per year.   

Units are built around two of the three areas;

  • Fine Art
  • Craft
  • 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 based on Colour to develop skills in mixing and applying paint.  In Year 8, students learn about a particular culture and produce a response in three dimensions in either clay or card to develop construction and modelling skills.  The second project is Fine Art based and students produce a self-portrait relating to a particular movement of art.  In Year 9, students produce two projects, based on architecture and Pop Art and 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 produce a final response that relates to their initial research. Homework is set regularly in response to the lesson.

Key Stage 4

Students who choose Art and Design at this key stage follow the AQA GCSE Art and Design Course. This is divided into two components and students must complete both.

Component 1: Portfolio

This includes a portfolio of work showing explicit coverage of all four assessment objectives.   It must include a sustained project evidencing the journey from initial engagement to the realisation of intentions and a selection of further work undertaken during the course of study. This accounts for 60% of the GCSE.

Component 2 : Externally Set Assignment

Students respond to their chosen starting point from an externally set assignment paper evidencing coverage of all four assessment objectives.  This accounts for 40% of the GCSE.

At the start of the GCSE art programme, students undertake a mini Art project to develop drawing skills and gain experience working in a variety of media.  Following this, students undertake two projects from a given theme, from which they produce developmental work and a final outcome relating to one of the following areas: Fine Art, Graphic Communication, Textile Design or Three-Dimensional Design.  This will form work for Component 1.  From January of Year 11, students work on Component 2.

All students exhibit their work at the end of their course at the annual Sacred Heart Secondary Art Exhibition. Students also have the chance to visit local and national galleries to develop critical and cultural awareness and surrounding areas for drawing and painting studies.


Both Art rooms are open for all students at lunchtime where they can develop their own individual art projects or extend their coursework. After school classes are available for students to pursue art projects.


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