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Department Overview

The Art department works closely with the DT department where skills and expertise can be shared. We are fortunate to have a suite of purpose built classrooms and workshops suitable for delivery of all aspect of the curriculum including developing aspects of ICT skills.

In Art, students 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, craft and design, students reflect critically on their own and other people’s work, judging quality, value and meaning. They learn to think and act as artists, craftspeople and designers, working creatively and intelligently. They develop an appreciation of art, craft and design, and its role in the creative and cultural industries that enrich their lives.

Curriculum Leader: Mr R Stewart  

KS3 Curriculum

The KS3 Art curriculum at Horbury Academy is structured to prepare students to develop skills and explore a wide range of media in order to prepare them to succeed at KS4. The KS3 art curriculum is designed to build students’ key art skills in areas such as drawing, painting, 3D model making, textiles, print and mixed media. 


Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Year 7

Unit 1 Basic skills and technique

Focus on key skills

Pencil, line tone, shading, colour and creative pattern.

Unit 2 Food

Developing composition skills. Developing colour control.

Unit 3 Painting

Exploring shape, paint and colour theory.

Exploring art history.

Unit 4 Pattern

Recording and being creative with pattern.

Exploring media.


Unit 5 Art from other cultures

Aboriginal art

Art history link




Year 8

Art from other cultures

African art

Exploring images and objects from African cultures to form personal work.

Pop Art

Artist history link. Technique and personal response.



Exploring the human face through proportion, realism and Art history links to Gustav Klimt.



KS4 Curriculum


Controlled assessment

Externally set task

YEAR 9, 10 and 11 Options


GCSE Art, Craft and Design




This course is from the AQA GCSE specification and is delivered to be a combination of FINE ART and GRAPHIC COMMUNICATION skills. The course requires a unit of work from each of these disciplines and allows students to follow areas they are both interested and talented with. It allows the building of independent study and personalised outcomes.

This unit is 60% of the final grade and key changes include a written element and a focus on drawing for purpose.

Students are expected to create a portfolio of work using Drawing, illustration, painting, photography, printmaking and ICT/media techniques.

We also offer a separate course focused directly on PHOTOGRAPHY. This follows the same course structure and assessments but has 2 projects focused directly on photography based starting points such as Structure, Texture and Portraiture.


Art, Craft and Design and Photography have an externally set task. Students will be given the opportunity to select a project from several options offered by the exam board. They will then be given a period of about two months to prepare a body of work that meets all the GCSE assessment objectives. This will cumulate in the students sitting a 10 hour exam to complete their final piece. 

This is 40% of their final grade.

This is subject to the same assessment objectives as the coursework and again will require some written evaluation, analysis and drawing for purpose.

How the Art department actively promotes British Values through the curriculum

The Art department offers a range of cultural and British stimulus to engage students in creating their own artwork. KS4 students are studying 4 artists and the department is actively promoting gender equality by exploring the work of Lucy MacLauchlan, Teesha Moore, Bruce Docker and Romero Britto. All of these artists are currently alive and working still today. Within the department there is an expectation of students to discuss, question and understand artists and artwork from different religious faiths and beliefs. Some examples of this are in our African and Aboriginal topics. Our expectation is that students empathise with differing opinions and life choices and are equally tolerant towards these. We hope to nurture a creative environment of respect not only towards others but of property, equipment and the value of looking after things that may or may not belong to them. Topics relating towards graffiti and its link to vandalism of property allows us to actively show repercussions of such actions and highlight modern day rule of law linked to this activity.