Mrs Clemmens- Teacher of Art

Ms C Penny- Teacher of Art




KS3 Subject Content


Year 7


Art at KS3 is delivered once a fortnight and as ‘Creative Art’ included in the technology rotation.


During year 7 art lessons students explore different artistic styles & techniques which are inspired by countries around the world. For example, dot painting from Australia and Indian mandalas. Using the art styles an inspiration, students are taught the basic principles of art to provide a wider knowledge of skills. These include mark making, drawing techniques, colour theory and printmaking.


For ‘Creative Art’, the unit generally lasts between 7 - 9 weeks and is designed to give a taste of working as a designer or artist. Students create 3D ceramic pieces inspired by doodle artists such as Jon Burgerman and Charlotte Mei. This project teaches them the basics in ceramic work such as creating slabs, attaching clay together and modelling 3D pinch pots. Students are assessed on their knowledge of key words and practical 3D skills at the end of the unit.


Year 8

Art lessons are delivered once a fortnight during which students complete two projects which build on the skills taught previously. Students are assessed on their knowledge and skills at the end of each term.


Initially they explore the vibrant styles of Pop Art by researching the 1960s movements as well as the artists like Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein. Artwork is made as a response using images from popular culture and introducing techniques such as stencilling and collage.


Later in the year more personal responses are encouraged through a drawing-based project titled ‘My Culture which takes inspiration from illustrators and graffiti artists. Students are supported in creating artwork that connects with their own personalities and interests.


KS4 Subject Content


Year 9

The Redbridge Community School Art department offers three engaging creative pathways. Learners can choose to continue with art as part of the KS4 options process. The qualification they receive is the same as the textiles pathway (BTEC Tech Award: Art & Design practice) however the focus is on 2D & 3D techniques (drawing, painting, ceramics, sculpture etc)

The year is intended as a foundation year for developing skills and is an introduction to the BTEC course course.

Students will look at ‘Surfaces & Textures’; a project encouraging more expressive ways of working. Year 9s are encouraged to create personal responses under one of the following focal points:

  • Microscopic

  • Abstract

  • Erosion

  • Viewpoint

  • Structure

  • Decoration


Each project is structured the same as the projects required at KS4 to allow year 9 students a taste of how coursework should be completed the following year and how to work to a brief. Work in presented in a sketchbook including artist analysis, experimentation with media and then leads to a final piece of their choice. They will recap and refine their skills in drawing and painting as well as introduce higher level skills such as printmaking and sculpture.

Students will produce their second project structured around the BTEC exam paper.

This work is created and presented similarly to the coursework but under a time limit to allow students a deeper understanding of the exam process.

Year 10 & 11


Qualification Name: BTEC Tech Award: Art & Design Practice

Exam board: Pearson

Art at Key Stage 4 is arranged into three subject specialist areas – Art, Craft and Design, Art Textiles and Photography. Students choosing this BTEC pathway will focus on art based skills.


Students will be required to fulfil the BTEC objectives of receiving and responding to client briefs. These are tasks that teach students how to design and produce a product and consider real-life issues like branding, audience and purpose. Progress will be made by producing evidence and analysis of research, experiments using a range of media, recording ideas through drawing and annotation as well as successfully designing and presenting a product, sculpture or artwork.


Students are taught a variety of techniques inspired by their chosen artists which allows for students to explore a wide range of specialist materials and techniques such as painting, printmaking, drawing, ceramics, sculpture and assemblage… The year 10 course is designed to cover all art medias available and allow students to specialise in Year 11 where independent practise is encouraged to allow all students to work to their strengths & skill set.

Assessment for the BTEC Tech Award is split into 2 components:


Component 1 and 2 (60%)

The requirements are at least 1 complete project (that responds to the client brief and produces a suitable product/artwork). This project must include practical evidence (worth 30%) and written evidence (worth 30%).


Component 2 (40%)

In addition, students must complete a single controlled assessment task (that responds to the client brief and produces a suitable product/artwork). In addition to written and practical evidence, this project must be presented digitally and evaluation paperwork will need to be completed. During this component, students will need to complete a period of controlled practical work in exam conditions, demonstrating their ability to work independently and without teacher support.


Students are offered a set of project themes within their brief in order to encourage personal responses with a message or meaning. These include:

  • Social Diversity

  • In The News

  • Memorabilia/Popular Culture

  • The Environment

  • Then & Now

  • Activism


There is no maximum limit to the amount of practical work that can be produced though students are encouraged to refine and select from their work during year 10 and 11.

The course has a compulsory element of writing and drawing where students are expected to research and write about themes and ideas, analyse artists work in detail in addition to annotation and evaluation of their own work.

In year 9 and 10 students are expected to visit galleries and museums in order for them to broaden their artistic experience.

For further information please contact Ms Penny, Mrs Clemmens or Mr Solomon -


Redbridge Community School

Cuckmere Lane


SO16 9RJ


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