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Head of Department: Mrs J Sula


The Art Department at Warlingham School is a friendly, lively and hardworking department. With a well-established team of 4 highly skilled teachers, an Art Technician and Departmental Assistant, it has achieved consistently high results in all Key Stages. The Art Department consists of 4 specialist Art rooms, a 6th form Art studio, a kiln room and an Art office. Three of the Art rooms have printing presses and all 4 rooms have computers with specialist software. 

Please visit our Art Room web gallery for a flavour of our activities and some great examples of student work.

In KS3 students are taught to develop their ideas through a wide range of media and processes and are given the opportunity to work in both two and three dimensions. Homework projects are set every 4 to 6 weeks. GSCE Art and Design is a very popular option. Many go on to choose one or two of the A level Art subjects offered: Art and Design, Art/Textiles and Photography. Our Art students are very motivated and committed to producing expressive and highly personal work to a very high standard. From here the vast majority will study Art or Design at one of the top Art Colleges and make successful careers in a wide range of disciplines. Each Art teacher runs an after school Art club at least once a week. Visits to Art Galleries are organised every year for GCSE and A level students.

KS3 Schemes of Work

Key Stage 3

Students will experience a structured approach to the teaching of Art Materials which focuses on continuity, progression, experience and high expectations. The syllabus reflects expected progress, knowledge, understanding and breadth of study.

We place a strong emphasis on teaching basic skills and techniques through the manipulation of a wide and exciting range of materials, and media, and teaching the formal elements of Art and Textile Design – Line, Tone, Shape, Form, Colour, Texture and Pattern. The syllabus aims to present art in a wider context and promote a balanced perspective on gender, multicultural and art historical issues. Integral to each project is reference to the work of the artist, designer or craft person from different cultures and periods. During this Key Stage, projects lean towards students developing self-managing, effective practice and problem-solving skills. Teachers offer Guided Learning episodes, promoting independence and resilience in the more able.

In Year 7, students work under the heading ‘What is Art?’ Emphasis is placed on taking risks and learning from mistakes. There are links to contemporary artists, traditional processes and project-based learning. Projects include observational drawing, large scale abstract painting, print-making, mixed-media collage, sculpture relief and clay work.

In Year 8, students work under the heading ‘Objects and Viewpoints’; projects include observational drawing, sculpture mixed-media compositions, printmaking, painting, photography and computer aided design. Contextual understanding is embedded through linking established practice to contemporary issues in art and design by creating original 2D and 3D outcomes.

In Year 9, students work under the heading ‘Myself and Others’; this unit focuses particularly on the concepts involved in recording the human condition, enabling the students to embed the knowledge leant in KS3 and bridge the gap between KS3 and GCSE Art and Design. Students work in both 2 and 3 dimensions; explore the media of clay, wire, paper-mache, paint and printing. Students are encouraged to become autonomous learners and are given the opportunity to work more independently within the units of work.

GCSE Course(s) Overview

We currently offer one GCSE in Art and Design with OCR. They will develop their observational drawing skills and work in a variety of media to develop ideas for their own work. They will look at the work of other artists, designers and craftsmen from a variety of times and cultures. Students will be required to research, analyse and evaluate their work and make critical judgments to support their ideas.

In Year 10, during the Autumn term students work on a teacher-lead project based on the theme ‘inside out’ during the remainder of Year 10 and the Autumn term of Year 11 students are given a range of starting points to choose from and will construct their own projects with the guidance and technical support of their teacher.  The coursework element of the course is made up of all work produced in Year 10 and 11 which includes sketchbook work and at least two final outcomes. The coursework deadline is the end of the autumn term in Year 11 and accounts for 60% of their final work. The externally set Assignment begins in January and is 40% of the final mark. Students are required to submit a sketchbook of preparatory work and a final piece. The exam is 10 hours in duration.

GCSE Exam Boards Used

OCR GCSE Art and Design (J170)

AS/A Level Course(s) Overview

At A Level three courses are available – Art and Design, Art/Textiles and Photography with OCR. All are very popular and many students will choose more than one option.

In Art and Design students work in 2 and 3 dimensions, building on skills learnt at GCSE. The coursework unit, which is 50% of the final grade, is taught by 2 teachers and divided into 2 projects; ‘Horizontal and vertical’ and ‘Public Places’. In Art/Textiles the students develop skills in batik, appliqué, silk painting and machine and hand embroidery. They will be taught by 2 teachers who divide the coursework unit into 2 main projects. In Photography students will use digital cameras to develop their skills. They will learn how to use manual settings and lighting equipment. They will be taught by one specialist art teacher who has divided the coursework into two projects: ‘The Formal Elements of Photography’ and ‘People and Spaces.

The deadline for all coursework is 31st January. The preparation for the Externally Set Assignment begins in February and the examination takes place in April. The AS examination is 5 hours and the A2 is 15 hours in which students are required to produce a final piece based on their ideas developed over the preparatory period. Home works are set each week and will be 2-3 hours in duration. They are marked regularly with verbal and written feedback given. Students are encouraged to attend the after school clubs and work in the Art Department during their study periods.

AS Level Exam Board Used

OCR AS level Art, Craft and Design (H200)

OCR AS level Photography (H203)

OCR AS level Textile Design (H204)

There is no course work for this unit 100% of the marks are for the Externally set task 80 Marks 10 Hours non exam assessment (internally assessed and externally moderated) The exam paper is released on 1st January.  

A Level Exam Board Used

OCR  A level  Art, Craft and Design (H600)

OCR  A level Photography (H603)

OCR  A level Textile Design (H604)

Personal investigation 120 marks non exam assessment (internally assessed and externally moderated) 60% of total A level

Externally set task 80 marks 15 hours non exam assessment (internally assessed and externally moderated) 40% of total A level

Study Days/Educational Trips

GCSE Art and Design students are taken to one of the major London Art Galleries. AS and A2 Art will have the opportunity to go to the Tate Modern, Brighton and the Sea life centre. Most years we have been very fortunate to have a team from the Royal Academy of Arts to come to Warlingham School to run a one-day life drawing class for A Level Art students. 

(August 2016)