Sir James Smith's School

Art & Design 

How could you communicate across the globe? Only one language will do: Visual. Art and Design will teach you how to become a skilled visual communicator. 

Key Stage 3

Throughout Years 7 to 9 we build a foundation of key artistic skills.  We base all projects on a group or individual artist.  Students have the opportunity to develop both their understanding about art and how to produce their own art.  The materials and techniques we use are varied including drawing and painting right through to 3d design and sculpture.  Assessments are based on a development system, peer assessment and group feedback is something we use on most major pieces of work.  Success criteria and improvement time is used on each piece of work, something we feel really aids in further development of skills.   Skills learnt in Art can be applied to other subjects and also leave a good foundation to the Art GCSE.

Students in Key Stage 3 will be assessed using STEPS.  To find out more about how this works, please click on the links below.  

STEPS Overview

STEPS for Art

Key Stage 4

The course consists of mainly practical work with some historical and critical research work. The coursework contributes 60% of the final marks and the final examination piece 40%. You will do three major projects during the course, which will consist of observational drawing, painting, photography, ceramics, graphics, sculpture and research looking at the work of other artists, craft workers and designers.

During Year 10 you will have the opportunity to try some of the following: drawing, painting, photography, ceramics, sculpture and graphics. Practical art work forms the majority of the course and you also study the work of other artists, craft workers and designers. During Year 11 you may choose to specialise in one subject area.


  • Over 100,000 people in Britain work in careers associated with Art and Design
    eg; architecture, fashion, photography, ceramics, graphics, theatre and costume design, art therapy, jewellery, product design, etc.
  • British artists, craft workers and designers have an international reputation and are frequently employed abroad
  • Artists are usually self employed running their own businesses which are often established with the help of grants.
  • Many people who study art go on to work in display design in shops, galleries, museums, libraries and exhibition centres.
  • A large number of people work on product design in British industries.
  • Many thousands of art graduates work in the media industry, film, television, video and photography.



Coursework (60% of overall grade) deadline is Wednesday 13th December. This is a reflection of work that has taken 9 Months and includes the minimum of a full A5 sketchbook, 3 A2 worksheets and a final piece. The sketchbook will be collected in on the 5th December marked and handed back for improvements if required over the Christmas break. If this is not completed students will be required to attend after school each week to complete (a text will be sent home).

The real exam paper is available by clicking the link below.  This is 40% of the overall grade and we will spend a lesson discussing and deciding on a specific question to base the exam project on.  4 A2 worksheets will be the minimum required for preparation (same as coursework + 1 extra on Development); these can be worked on both in class and at home. Students that use this opportunity of extra time to work on worksheets at home achieve much better. These sheets can then be taken into the 10 hour EXAM on the 19th and 20th April where they will be used to influence the final piece that must be completed in the 10 hours. Art is the first Exam and first subject to submit coursework.

Year 11 GCSE Exam Paper (40% of overall grade)

Year 11 GCSE Art marking sheet

TIP: Students must dedicate time now and up to half term to the Art GCSE. Art takes time and after half term other subjects will become more time dependant as pressure begins to build for the exam season, now is the time! Art Club week A Thursday, Week B Wed/Thursday 2.30-4.00.

Please see below a collection of GCSE Worksheet examples:







Please click on the following links to see the Programme of Study for the different Key Stages:

For more information please click on the links below:

GCSE sketchbook examples and TIPS

To see some ideas on how to produce good sketchbook pages using a range of media and techniques, please click here.

Art Gallery below:




Art - Insect Collage

(2 images)

Created: 23 Feb 17 13:31 | Last modified: 18 Sep 18 11:22

Art - Pop Art

(2 images)

Created: 28 Oct 16 11:09 | Last modified: 20 Feb 18 12:56

Art - Colour Still Life

(4 images)

Created: 11 Oct 16 12:23 | Last modified: 20 Feb 18 12:55

Art - GCSE Personal Project

(9 images)

Created: 19 Apr 16 11:54 | Last modified: 20 Feb 18 12:53

Art - Year 9 - Evacuee War Box Build

(4 images)

Created: 4 Dec 17 12:49 | Last modified: 4 Dec 17 13:20




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