• Mr S Golding - Head of Art

  • Mr C Jones - Teacher of Art

We aim to provide all students with the best possible skills necessary to attain creative and aesthetic excellence through a range of different disciplines, specialising in Drawing, Painting, Printmaking and 3D Art work.
We aim to promote critical thinking and develop a visual awareness which encourages students to fulfill their creative potential. This will assist in life long learning and progression to a successful career.


Art Curriculum Overview

Skilled - Norlington Art department builds its foundations on key skills of drawing, painting, photography, sculpture and textiles. Working from basic skills to mastery through years 7, 8 and 9. Our language skills are based around the formal elements of art; this knowledge is applied to a diverse content of study. Students that have chosen art in year 10 will arrive with a core set of skills to help through their GCSE year.

Resilient - From year 7 students are encouraged to be critical and independent thinkers, encouraged to take risks and share their interpretation of artworks. Failure is essential to the art process. As students move from year 7 to year 9 we build in opportunities to get things wrong, analyse and reflect. Norlington artists utilise failure and celebrate success.

Adventurous - Art lessons are an opportunity to go on adventures, learn about different art movements around the world. Examine how art as changed over the years. We look at art of different faiths and cultures. Students learn about the creative contemporary industries, examining modern jobs that come from art. We learn to tell the story of our own art, using our sketchbooks to documents how our art develops and grows.

KS4 Curriculum Overview

This is a practical course that encourages students to actively engage with the creative process of art in order to develop as independent learners and as critical, reflective thinkers with enquiring minds. Students will develop their imaginative capabilities and become confident in taking risks through exploring and experimenting with ideas, processes, media, materials and techniques. Throughout the course students will develop and refine ideas to create personal outcomes with increasing independence. Students will investigate, analyse and respond to the work of a diverse range of artist. Students will draw upon this research for inspiration when developing their own ideas and artworks.

Students will develop your technical skills in a range of media, to include drawing, painting, sculpture, photography and print making.

Students will learn through teacher lead workshops and independent projects. The projects will be centred on themes from past exam papers. Students will record the development of their projects in sketchbooks and produce substantial artworks in a range of material and media.

Qualification: GCSE Art   Specification: AQA

There are two components that make up the final assessment:
Component 1: Portfolio - 60% of final grade
Component 2: Externally Set Assignment (exam project) – 40% of final grade

Coursework Portfolio = All work completed in year 10 & 11 Counts towards 60% of your grade
Exam Project = Exam starting in January of year 11. This exam is worth 40% of your final grade.

Exam Grade = (40% of total Grade) 75% Exam Sketchbook 25% Exam Day.

Key dates: September - December Yr. 11 = Finalising Coursework Portfolio

January Yr. 11 = Exam paper starts

Exam Day is around Easter, Confirmed closer to time

Enrichment: Trip and visits to Art Galleries and Art Museums

Art Galleries in London

Students can find helpful information on the websites of London’s leading Art galleries. Students will also gain valuable insights if they visit exhibitions.

Art and Artists

National Portrait Gallery

The National Gallery

Skylark Galleries

Tate Modern

The V&A

Whitechapel Gallery

Tate Britain

The Serpentine