Art & Design


Mrs S. Brown - Subject Leader

Departmental Christian Value: Love


Art and Design at Cartmel is designed to engage, inspire and challenge pupils. It gives them an enjoyable and motivating way to understand and respond to the visual world they live in by learning about art, craft and design in today’s world, and across different times and cultures. Pupils learn to appreciate images and artefacts and to understand how and why they were made. This awareness stimulates their creativity and imagination and pupils become eager to gain the practical skills to invent and produce their own creative work. They also develop an appreciation of themselves as critical consumers and audiences of art and design.

At Key Stage 3 images of pupils cheerfully mixing paint colours, intelligently discussing a well-known painting, or active behind a camera lens are common. By Key Stage 4 pupils learn to think and act as artists, makers and designers. They are equipped to pursue career pathways into the creative and cultural industries that shape and enrich their lives and are a vital part of our economy.

For all pupils at Cartmel, Art and Design encourages creative and flexible ‘out of the box’ thinking. These skills are transferable and can help develop confidence in other subjects and life skills. Art and Design also provides an opportunity for and engagement in a leisure pursuit that can yield lifelong benefits in health, well‑being and life satisfaction.


Key Stage 3

Pupils explore a broad range of disciplines including Fine Art, Sculpture, Photography, Animation, Printmaking and Graphic Communication.

Units of work include:

Multi media drawings of portraits and still life, leading to acrylic paintings.

Abstract mixed media outcomes inspired by music.

Sculpture leading to light based photography and animation set to music.

Public art sculpture and land art.

Digital photography including portraiture, location photography, studio photography and experimental imagery lens-/light-based media.

Image manipulation using Adobe Photoshop

Advertising graphics for packaging, illustration, poster campaigns and book covers.

Typography and contemporary character design.


Key Stage 4

AQA Art and Design GCSE is a demanding course that requires pupils to explore an idea, convey an experience or respond to a theme or issue of personal significance. They need to work with a good degree of independence and build on what they have already learned. They will extend their practical and critical skills with more sophisticated use of materials and processes and through research tasks. They develop ideas with much greater freedom and experimentation and so a degree of skill and confidence in using visual language is needed so they can communicate their own ideas, feelings and meanings as their work develops.

Examples of GCSE themes are:

  • In the News
  • Portrait
  • The passage of time
  • Mechanical forms
  • Light and Dark
  • Sculptural books. Birds
  • Altered Images
  • Illusions
  • Landmarks
  • Openings
  • The human figure
  • Disguise
  • Landscape

Assessment Key Stage 4 – AQA GCSE Art & Design 

Portfolio (60%):  Two Units of work completed in class and through homework.

Externally set assignment (40%): One assignment involving teacher assisted preparation followed by a ten hour final practical outcome.


Tasks will be set following lessons to develop knowledge and understanding. These will take the form of practical tasks such as drawing and designing, as well as research tasks requiring the gathering of factual and visual information.

Trips & Outings

  • Art Gallery visits- Tate Liverpool
  • Annual school exhibitions of KS3 and KS4 pupils' work.
  • Entry into local and national competitions.
  • Participation in local arts events.

Artists in residence and workshops

Pupils gain an insight into potential Art & Design careers when professional artists, craftspeople, filmmakers and animators work with pupils in class.