Art and Design

Art and Design

Department Information

Art and Design at Brayton Academy is a popular subject and the department holds a high profile throughout the school. Art work displays are a central feature of the school environment and are highly valued. We hold an Annual Exhibition every summer that celebrates the achievement of all our Year 11 GCSE artists. Our expectations of students are high; we expect them to take pride in their work and always strive to do their best. In return we work hard to provide stimulating lessons and offer all students, whatever their ability, the opportunity to maximize their potential.

At Brayton, we recognise the importance of Art and Design in society and industry. We recognize that Art and Design is both a form of communication and a means of expressing ideas and feelings. We see this subject as a language that compliments other areas but stress that Art and Design is especially concerned with the development of those complex mental processes involved in visual perception and aesthetic experience.

The aims of the Art and Design Department are –

  • To provide enjoyment and creative stimulation in a safe environment.
  • To help ALL students gain confidence in their own ability and achieve success.
  • To enable ALL students to learn technical skills through experimentation with different techniques and materials.
  • To enable students to develop an appreciation and understanding of different types of Art and Design from our own and other cultures and encourage positive attitudes.

Year 7

In Year 7, all students have one lesson of Art each week. During these lessons, they are introduced to some of the formal elements of Art and Design: Line, Tone, Texture and Colour. Work is developed around various themes and the work of other artists and cultures is introduced. Students are encouraged to experiment with new techniques and materials.

Examples of Year 7 projects: Observational Drawing – an introduction to the Formal elements of Art and Design. African Art – critical study of the Art of another culture. Research and drawing using a wide range of media. Portraiture – an introduction to portraiture. Self and peer portraits. Reference to the work of a range of artists.

Year 8

In Year 8, students can opt to study Art and Design. They will have two lessons a week, usually in a block. All Art and Design projects identify and adhere to the National Curriculum guidelines. Teachers in the department work together to plan appropriate assignments that ensure preparation for KS4 learning. Most projects run for one term. We ensure that each project builds on previous learning and experience, aiming for continuity without unnecessary repetition. The scheme of work concentrates on 3 main areas of study: Drawing skills, Printing/Mixed Media and 3D Design. We promote different ways of working: individually, in pairs and in groups

Examples of Year 8 projects:Observational drawing based on the theme of Shoes – developing drawing and painting skills in a range of media. Indian Art – critical study of aspects of Indian Art. Drawing and design leading to working in Ceramic and producing a clay tile. Mixed media based on the theme of Food – research and observational drawing in a range of media leading to printmaking

Year 9

In Year 9, students can opt to study Art as a pre GCSE course. They will receive two lessons per week, usually in a block. The pre GCSE course prepares students for GCSE Art by developing the skills, techniques and ways of learning needed for success at this level. Students will work in a wide range of media such as pencil, coloured pencils, pastels, paint, collage, wax, ink, clay, card, modroc etc. They will be shown GCSE standard work and sketchbooks to inspire them and give them an understanding of the standards required.

Examples of Year 9 projects: Observational Drawing based on Pop Art – Revision of drawing skills including composition and enlargement. Critical study of the Pop Art movement leading to developing relief collage work in card and modroc. Landscapes – drawing, painting and photographs of the locality. Research into the work of Vincent Van Gogh and David Hockney leading to a large scale painting. Mixed Media work based on Sweets – Photography and observational drawing using a range of media leading to experimentation using fabric painting, print making and batik.

Year 10 and 11

In Year 10, students can opt to study GCSE Fine Art. They will have three lessons per week over 2 academic years. We follow the AQA course, which allows pupils to develop their skills in a range of media. The course is split into 2 Components; Component 1 is a Portfolio of work that students work on throughout the 2 years. Component 2 is an Externally Set Assignment culminating in a 10-hour practical test. Both units are assessed on 4 equally weighted objectives. Drawing is an important element of this course and students will learn to develop their skills using a variety of media and techniques.

During the course, we provide students with the opportunity to experience a wide range of approaches to Art and Design using techniques such as batik; printing and relief work, all built on the foundations of strong drawing skills. Learners are encouraged to be experimental as they develop their creativity and learn to express their ideas visually.

Examples of KS4 GCSE projects: Still Life and Cubism – observational drawing in a range of media. Critical study of the Cubist movement leading to mixed media work in the Cubist style using relief collage, fabric and mod roc. Natural Form – Mixed media work from a range of Natural Form starting points leading to a large scale final outcome of the pupil’s choice for example a series of prints or paintings, a fabric painted banner or a modroc relief.


Departmental Staff

Mrs Cath Walker – Director of Teaching and Learning – [email protected]

Extra Curricular Clubs

Art teachers run after school Period 7 clubs with a variety of years on a Monday, Thursday and Friday.


Supporting your child – useful links and advice

Out of lessons, at home and in the community you can support your child by encouraging them to keep a personal sketchbook to record their ideas and collect interesting images. Visiting local galleries and exhibitions to see examples of other artists work is also very useful. Leeds City Art Gallery, the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, the Hepworth in Wakefield and York Art Gallery are all worthy of a visit. Many galleries also have online sites such as The National Gallery, Tate Modern and Tate Britain, which students can use to access a wide range of art works

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