General Introduction

The Art Department offers a wide experience of media and processes across all age groups and aims to nurture and stimulate creativity; to develop inventive, resourceful minds that have the potential to achieve excellence at every level and to have a sense of pride in their achievements

At Stowmarket High School we encourage pupils to:

  • produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences
  • become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture, printing and other art, craft and design techniques
  • know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms
  • evaluate and analyse creative works and their own work, using the language of art, craft and design 

In Art, pupils will be taught to develop their creativity and ideas, and increase proficiency in their execution.
They will learn to develop a critical understanding of artists, craftspeople and designers, expressing reasoned judgements that can inform their own work.

In class pupils will be taught:

  • to use a range of techniques to record their observations in sketchbooks, journals and other media as a basis for exploring their ideas 
  • to use a range of techniques, processes and media 
  • to improve their dexterity and their proficiency in the handling of different materials 
  • about the history of art, craft, design and architecture, including periods, styles and major movements from ancient times up to the present day. 
  • to analyse and evaluate their own work, and that of others, in order to strengthen the visual impact or applications of their work

Literacy in Art & Design

  • Students will learn key terminology used in Art & Design
  • Students will be encouraged to develop their communication skills by participating in discussions
  • Students will present written work neatly and in using full sentences with correct SPAG.
  • Students will need to follow both verbal and written instructions. 
  • Students will be required to produce work using both written and word processed methods.

Numeracy in Art & Design

  • Students will learn about the numerical processes in Art & Design such as accurate measuring and numerical systems in the processes and with the equipment they use such as rulers, tape measures, proportion, scaling up, estimation, camera settings, etc

Key Stage 3

In Art at Stowmarket High School, the Schemes of work throughout KS3 ( Year 7, 8 and 9 ) form the basis of a sound understanding of Art and Design skills and provide a foundation for the GCSE course, following the National Curriculum

The KS3 schemes of work offer a structured programme of visual study that encourages breadth and depth in the development of students’ visual language.

Pupils have the assessment criteria visible and are given their target grades, to ensure assessment is accurate and the process transparent, through the Go4S program

Regular assessment and review are essential to students’ success:

  • Verbal feedback and peer review opportunities is planned into Art sessions to create a supportive and productive learning environment
  • Workbooks are checked and assessed regularly
  • Pupils is encouraged to use the whole school method of “Two Ticks and I “ to assess their work
  • Progress is monitored and recorded on individual learning sheets reviewed on a regular cycle to encourage development
  • Work is standardised across the cohort once per term to ensure marking consistency

Work presented for assessment must fully cover one or more of the progress objectives:

  • Generating Ideas (Skills of Designing & Developing Ideas)
  • Making (Skills of Making Art, Craft and Design)
  • Evaluating (Skills of Judgement and Evaluation)
  • Knowledge (Knowledge about Art Processes and Context)