Art & Design

Art & Design

Subject Overview

The Art Department is located in C Block and is a visually stimulating and dynamic environment where students experience a broad and varied curriculum. High achievement is encouraged through an engaging programme of high quality teaching and learning. We foster an inquisitive approach and encourage independent learning. It is our aim for each individual to strive to achieve their best as they explore, develop and refine new skills, ideas and experiences. Students are well supported by dedicated staff but also experience a developing level of independence and more opportunities to explore their own creative interests, ideas and specialisms. Resourcefulness is promoted by encouraging students to work independently, developing practical skills, planning their own projects and problem solving as they go along. We also expect students to work collaboratively both with each other and within the local community. This enables students to gain an insight into joint ventures, working within industry and the local environment.

The Art Department at Wellfield has consistently delivered superb results at all levels and continues to strive for excellence within each year group. We like to share the success of our students and regularly display work both internally, notably with an annual end of GCSE exhibition, externally in the local community and on our online gallery on the school’s website.

Art Subject Staff
Mrs K Starbuck: Head of Creative Arts Faculty 

KS3 Art

The KS3 curriculum introduces key formal elements to students through a range of projects. These projects encourage students to work both solely and as part of a group. They are introduced to basic key skills during the formal elements and then these are built on throughout the two years. Each project is designed to enhance and build on initial skills taught going into greater depth whilst encouraging creative thinking, risk-taking and confidence. These skills include 3D sculpture, shading, accurate drawing and painting.

KS4 Art

Art and Design students develop their skills and knowledge by undertaking an in depth and varied course. Initially different aspects of art and design are delivered termly and students explore different processes, materials and techniques within art and design. Students then go on to complete a coursework unit by developing a project that explores one aspect of art and design in depth. They complete their course by producing an exam project in which they respond to one of five themes, each with a range of written and visual starting points and stimuli. Students will research, plan and develop ideas for their response to the option they have chosen and display their work in an exhibition which is open to parents and the public.

“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time”
Thomas Merton
1915 – 1968

Key Stage 3 Art & Design Curriculum