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In the Art Department at St Peter's 8-13 we aim to provide a stimulating, broad based curriculum geared towards the confident and aspiring artist as well as the less assured. In providing a wide range of possibilities in media and projects, we aim to open up art to all of our pupils, catering for all interests, disciplines and abilities.

Over the years pupils may explore (in addition to the more traditional curriculum of drawing and painting), printmaking, ceramics, sculpture, textiles. The curriculum framework allows for adaptations in the expression of particular disciplines year on year, responding to the needs and interests of pupils as well as the influences of what is happening in the art world and the world around us.

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Our curriculum is devised so that year on year pupils will tackle projects which are incrementally more challenging and which build on previous learning, knowledge and experience.

Pupils can then choose to develop the work in a more individual and creative way to reflect their interests. Pupils generally work individually, but there are opportunities for collaboration in small groups and, on occasion, as a whole class.


We aim to provide an environment where all pupils feel valued for the work they produce and for their thoughts and opinions on artistic endeavour. We pride ourselves on building confident learners, who have assurance in the practical expression of their ideas, and who are able to express themselves in two and three dimensions as well as to evaluate it verbally; pupils who can talk about their own work and that of others, as well as expressing their opinions on the work of established artists.



Key skills/materials


Artists study (Andy Warhol)

Colour Circle and theory –chromatic scale

Creating Form – chalk balls


Vikings/Anglo Saxons (History link)
Viking long boat
‘Viking’ brooch

Monsters (English link)

Artist Study – Henri Matisse paper cuts

Rainforest (Geography link)
Aztecs – masks; animals and creatures

Still life (linear)- comparison and recording of size and shape

Photography, soft pastel, oil pastel, felt pen

Colour mixing and control and application of paint

Light and shade – contrast; control of media

Textile collage with print
Watercolour and permanent marker
Clay, acrylic and print

Water colour and marker pen

Free cut collage

Paint (redimix)

Pencil- line study. Simple one or two piece objects. Introduction of tone


Colour mixing




Slab/relief sculptural work


Birds/fish (2D)
Exploring making marks with and without a brush 




Print (classics link) Greek and Roman Vases

Artist study – David Hockney


Still life (overlapping objects)- looking at isolating an aspect of a larger composition: pulling in the focus point


Positive and Negative

Analytical drawing – looking for symmetry and pattern (windows and doors)

Pattern making
Artist study –Gustav Klimt



Water study – creative interpretation

Tints, tones and chroma.
Observation drawing-proportion, light and shadow. Colour mixing to show form.
Introduction of simple perspective.

Clay: slabbed technique. Construction methods; modelling and texture; joining technique; underglaze decoration.

Wide variety of application techniques – printed, sponged,sgraffitto, scraped etc. Washes and resists; layering. Mixed media work (collaged additions

Introduction to printmaking Monoprinting with stencils

Charcoal study – tonal effects (shadow and light), mark making (texture)
Watercolour sketch

Relative positions and sizes. More complex shapes than J1-plants, drapes and pots
Line drawing with pencil crayon (verithiks)

Collage –orientation, tessellation, repeat.

Line drawing


Collage materials – noting artists style, use of colour and embellishment, create a decorative piece for the Klimt tree. 

Wax and wash – control of the media (not too much wax!)


Artist study – Vincent van Gogh and Gustav Klimt

Analytical study
Colour study-Acrylic paint: layering and revealing
Presentation choices



Leaf dish – clay study
hump moulds, slabbing with fine clay, coiled foot ring, layered underglaze decoration (painted and sponged)



Modelled clay – Super smooth penguins



Cityscapes- studies from York




Printmaking – monodrawing from photographs

Landscape –perspective effects


Batik Process
Generating a repeatable design which makes good use of given space.



Cylinders – all sorts!



Finding form and surface -Charcoal
Colour mixing –control and consistency
Paintbrush- pressure and release
Overpainting (layering) and sgraffitto

Managing white clay; Working finely; impressing a design; making a hump mould; controlled rolling of coils; finely finished edges; control of paint- prevention of ‘muddiness’

Working from a solid – squeezing and manipulating shape. Hollowing out. Making even pairs (wings and feet). Emphasis on quality of surface.
Underglaze layers.

Soft pastel study. Manipulating media –blending and linear/textural contrasts
Combining simple geometric shapes –additions of light and shade
Scaling and drafting

Reversing images
Ink management and pressure control

Watercolour: washes; Noting choice of colour to reflect P. effects. mark making with different brush strokes

Designing stencils; Development of repeatable pattern; organisation on fabric; Painted dye control (clarity and rhythmical mark making); organisation of waxing process.

Pen. Pencil, biro: practise in developing elipses and sketching in three dimensions.


Still Life - Fruit and drape
Creating form (spheres) in colour on mixed surfaces and patterns.



‘Fruit’ Dish – graphics and Clay
Press moulded slab pot with decorative white slip


Plant study
Pot plants – geraniums, Chinese lanterns etc


Printmaking – Fish- cut and peel technique
Oceanic and tribal art
Two+ colour print – overlaying and masking


Ceramics – hollow forms: pinched pots with coiling
Either: Birds OR jugs/vases

Face study – observation drawing using alternative techniques: continuous line: continuous look: etch a sketch style (right angle/stepped) etc

Still life –brio


Cuboids- all sorts

Oil pastels
Setting up a still life
Observation and recording of relative sizes positions, patterns and textures of fruit.
Colour study

Clay and plaster moulds. Creating an even and smooth surface.
Editing a design – cropping repeating and offsetting.
Fine brushwork using underglazes

Developing watercolour skills and applying understanding of light and shade.
Painting cylindrical forms

Developing a range of prints: consideration of positive and negative, colour contrasts and harmonies; achieving a clean print; editioning

Creating two matching hemispheres, extending with coils and joining into one whole.
Fine surface finish

Marker pen
Quick development and adjustment drawings. Confidence in observation and recording

Study of joined simple geometric shapes. Rounded and cuboid forms

Pencil, pen, biro. Development of understanding and practise in recording of three dimensional shape


Architecture – understanding and recording complex images

York Minster and Cathedrals


Exploring drawing through a range of media (hard, soft, shiny,fluffy,floppy etc)

Printmaking: screen printing- hedgerows


Figure drawing-A general introduction


Still life – soft toys

Still life – buns and cakes


Windows, doors and brickwork in watercolour


Close focus flowers-Georgia O'Keeffe


Washing line – draped items

Confidence in direct sketching – multi drawings in biro: proportion, line aspect, angle
Mixed media with collaged details.

Making choices from a range of media and appropriate handling for the subject matter

Logical organisation through process and management of the technique. Three layer print.

Pencil and soft pastel
Understanding proportion;relative length of body parts;joint positions

Pencil crayon

Poster paint. Looking at subtleties of change in white (icing) and how to capture this

Watercolour – brush use, extending experience in washes,overlaying, wet in wet, wet on dry etc

Soft pastel- developing subtleties of hue within monotone and monochrome items

Noting changes in shape and pattern – charcoal and chalk

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