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Subject Overview

Bulletpoint Art Craft & Design Enrichment Club Programme pdf format

Art and Design at Light Hall School is a very popular and successful subject. Art and Design offers a varied and creative experience. Over the last ten years GCSE examination results have been consistently above the national average.
As a department we feel that this web page will be informative to both parents and pupils. It will give an insight into the Art curriculum and the key areas of aesthetic development and skill acquisition and offer guidance on the current structure of Art from year 7 through to GCSE and general FAQs.


  Autumn Spring Summer
yr 7
Aboriginal Art / Sustainable Environment
Contemporary Sculpture
yr 8
Cubism & Still Life
Creating Movement in Art
Colour & Pattern in Natural & Manmade Structures
yr 9
Modern Art Sculpture
Narrative Imagery
International Body Art

What topic will I study?
A range of themed based projects focused on Fine Art, Craft & Design and Projects ‘Working to a Commission/Brief’.

What skills will I develop?
Observational drawing and painting; understanding of Fine Art and Design; Designing to Project ‘Briefs’; Critical and Contextual Study skills in an Art Historical contexts. Production of 2D and 3D work; Primary and Secondary Research. Technical use of materials and develop skills in a range of Art processes in 2D and 3D. Use of Computer Aided Design and Digital Imagery.

What are the aims of the courses?
Develop skills and techniques in effective communication, organisation and expression of ideas visually, working both independently and as part of a team.
Gain understanding of a wide range of art materials, media, techniques and processes in both 2D and 3D. 
Enhance individual visual perception of the world and develop creative thinking skills.
Improve the understanding of art within the context of different cultures, society and industry.
To build self confidence and self esteem in Art & Design and become a more reflective learner.
To give students practical experience of what is involved in Commission based artwork.

What examination will I take?
GCSE Art & Design (Unendorsed) - Covers aspects of Art, Craft & Design. Drawing, painting, creative and imaginative work, 3D work, design work, CAD etc in a wide range of media. Awarding Body - AQA.

GCSE Applied Art & Design - Covers Drawing, painting, printing, 2D and 3D work, Craft, Designing, Working to a Brief/Commission, CAD etc. in a wide range of media – Awarding Body - AQA. GCSE Students are encouraged and supported to work in a diverse range of contexts from digital photography to garden design, fine art painting to ceramics and stained glass.

GCSE Art & Design – Photography. The course covers aspects of traditional photography and or digital photography and light based media. Students will study art applications that incorporate video and or digital and traditional photographic imagery into 2D, 3D and Textile responses in Art, Craft, Design and or CAD practice. Awarding Body - AQA.

What is involved with the examinations?
Controlled assessment: The Production of a minimum of 1 coursework project, plus a wide range of development work (including research, analysis and development of ideas in sketch books and final response outcomes). The coursework makes up 60% of the marks.
Terminal Examination: makes up 40% of the overall marks and requires students to produce project work on a set theme.

What independent study will I have to undertake?
Students will be expected to complete artwork and research in their own time and should have a suitable area at home to undertake art work and work with a range of specialist art materials. They will be expected to create evidence of research and development in sketch books and will be asked to produce supporting practical 2D and 3D work at school and at home. 

What career opportunities could the course help to give me?
There are many career opportunities, which can follow Art training. Some examples are:-
Fashion Design; Interior Design; Graphic Design; Advertising; Architecture; Film and Television; Jewellery; Furniture Design; Stage Design; Hair & Beauty; Fine Art; Textiles Design; Ceramic Design; Animation; Web Design, Garden Design etc….. to name but a few…….

Commissions & Exhibitions

KS4 has produced and exhibited permanent and non-permanent work for a range of community settings – this work is ‘live commission work’ and directly enhances local environments, listed below are settings for which our students have produced work….. 

  • Heartlands Hospital – Children’s Outpatients
  • Solihull Hospital – X-Ray Ward
  • Solihull Hospital – Children’s Outpatients
  • X-Stream at The Bridge Centre, Shirley - Community Room
  • Heartlands Hospital – Community Arts Display
  • Lyca Centre, Shirley – Stage wall

Art Trips

Annual Art trips to major galleries to gather primary resources.
Visits to galleries and venues in recent years include:

  • The Tate Britain and The London Eye
  • Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery and The Sea Life Centre
  • BM & AG and The Botanic Gardens
  • The Ikon Gallery and Birmingham Architecture
  • Wolverhampton Gallery of Contemporary Art

The Art Staff

Ms M. Davis
Head of Department
Mr A. Cooney 
Art Teacher
Miss M. Munn
Art Teacher