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Art, Craft and Design

Art at Our Lady’s is taught to all pupils in Key Stage 3 and is an optional subject at Key Stage 4..


We have 1 full time member of staff and 1 part time member of staff, who deliver the full Art, Craft and Design curriculum to all pupils at Key Stage 3 and Key stage 4:

  • Ms Booth (Principal Teacher)
  • Ms Consiglio (Teacher of Art)


The Art Department has 2 purpose built rooms, each containing new wall mounted projectors and an area which contains a small suite of computers and space for pupils to work on a large scale.


Key Stage 3Key Stage 4

All pupils follow a structured curriculum at Key Stage 3 in 2 periods per fortnight during Year 7, Year 8 and Year 9. Homework is set once every 2 weeks, to encourage pupils to become independent and creative learners, in preparation for Key Stage 4.

Here at OLCHS Art is a popular and thriving department; pupils explore visual, tactile and other sensory experiences to communicate ideas and meanings. They work with traditional and new media, developing confidence, competence, imagination and creativity. They learn to appreciate and value images and artefacts across times and cultures, and to understand the contexts in which they were made. In art and design, pupils reflect critically on their own and other people’s work, judging quality, value and meaning. They learn to think and act as artists, working creatively and intelligently.


Pupils are set individual target levels to work towards achieving. Work is assessed throughout the year and written feedback is given to aid pupils in improving their work. Attainment grades are also given through the progress reporting systems; these marks combine an average of homework and classwork throughout the year.

In Year 7 pupils study:

  • An introductory project looking practising basic skills and knowledge surrounding line, tone and colour.
  • Portraiture and mask making.
  • Henri Rousseau and the jungle.

In Year 8 pupils study:

  • Ancient Cultures.
  • Gustav Klimt and figure drawing.

In Year 9 pupils study:

  • Pop Art.
  • Natural Forms.

Pupils study a full GCSE in Art and Design which consists of:

  • AQA GCSE Art and Design (Fine Art) 8202

The GCSE qualification is made up of 2 components.

  • 60% Component 1 (Coursework) – 2 full projects based around initially closed themes developing skills, imagination and knowledge. Pupils have to show use of a wide variety of media and that they can develop a final piece using any 2D (painting, drawing, printing ICT) or 3D media (clay, paper- mache, plaster). Pupils produce sketchbook style preparatory work and a final piece for each project. Currently pupils produce 2 full projects on Natural Forms and Cultures. There is a requirement to produce a lot of work under own initiative (at home) – this is not a course for the faint-hearted!
  • 40% Component 2 (externally set assignment – Exam)
    The exam paper is given pupils during the January of year 11 with a number of different themes as starting points. Pupils must choose one of the themes set and develop a project producing as much work as they can using as many media as they can up to and including the Easter holiday. They then must produce a final piece/s in a ten hour supervised period in school. This means two days in the art room during the Summer term to produce a 10 hour final piece.

Both components are marked out of 96 which will then translate in the GCSE level of the qualification (9-1, 9 being the highest). Both Components are initially marked by Art staff. Marks are submitted and moderated by a representative from AQA.

There are no tiered papers in Art and every pupil has full access to the whole range of grades 9 to 1.

Extra-Curricular Activities

  • There are extensive out-of-hours provision provided in Art. All pupils are welcome to attend the lunchtime session to extend their art studies and improve their work. The afterschool catch up sessions are for GCSE pupils only.
  • Within Art pupils have been offered the opportunity to visit galleries, take part in and run workshops, exhibit in galleries and enter art competitions.


Further information

If you require further information about this curriculum area please contact the Principal Teacher Ms V Booth – vbo@olchs.lancs.sch.uk