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Devonport High School for Girls

Name of Head of Department

Mr A Burton BA (Hons), PGCE

Introduction to the department

Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. A high-quality art and design education should engage, inspire and challenge students, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. As students’ progress, they will be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.

Our aim is to make art an exciting and challenging subject, we want students to be open-minded freeing themselves to explore and experiment in the world of art.


Key stage 3  (Year 7 and 8) 

There are themes that run throughout each project with links to art movements, artists and other cultures:  
  • Observation Drawing
  • Painting
  • Looking at Colour
  • Design
  • Templates
  • Painting on an uneven surface
  • Earthly Colours
  • Drawing with line/ fine liner
  • Pen and ink
  • Collage
  • Mixed media
  • Painting with washes
  • Perspective
  • Clay
  • Health and safety in the use of clay
  • Clay tools​

Key stage 4 (Year 9, 10 and 11) 

The Art and Design GCSE course is both coursework and exam based.

There are two major projects which will be built up into a portfolio, this will be the coursework element.

Full details of the specification and assessment criteria can be found on the AQA website GCSE Art Specification


Extra-curricular activities 

Every lunchtime students are encouraged to continue to develop their skills in art, this is an opportunity to catch up with home learning or to be given help with techniques and other challenges they might have. An after school club is available to students who want to develop their artistic skills.

Collapsed curriculum days provide opportunities for the students to explore new art forms.

A level students visit London and explore galleries and other venues providing an opportunity to explore our rich culture.