What is the Department Vision?

At Rossett School, we believe that Art should encourage all pupils, whatever their ability to develop an awareness and understanding of art and design through investigation research, planning, making, analysing and evaluating. Art should promote a lively and creative approach based on the observation of forms, both natural and man-made, by using as wide variety of materials as is possible. Art should develop a range of communication and practical skills together with knowledge of our cultural and environmental heritage.

Most pupils experience enjoyment and fulfillment in Art and Design. Whilst many pursue these subjects beyond school, finding careers in this subject.


All students in year 7 and 8 study Art for one hour each week. Theme based projects cover a wide range of 2D and 3D skills, and they include inspiration from different artists and cultures. We encourage creativity and confidence in our students and enjoy celebrating their work.

All students are encouraged to attend Art club and contribute to extra-curricular activities including competitions. Students also have the opportunity to produce work for local businesses or work with local artists.

Students also have the chance to enter the Peace Poster competition sponsored by the Harrogate Lions Club.

What will my child be studying?

Year 7 Year 8
  • Expressive painting project linked to an artist’s work.
  • 3D cultural Project.
  • Print project looking at repeat pattern and tessellation.
  • Peace Poster Competition.
  • Optical Art – Still life and pattern.
  • Clay shoes using independent artist inspiration.
  • Landscape mixed media project and ipad art.

What equipment will my child need?

Basic equipment, plus a soft eraser, drawing pencils (2b,4b,6b), paints are available in school.

How can I support my child through KS3 Art?

KS3 Art is based on a mixture of skills. Students should be encouraged to draw objects, scenes and landscape from life, as well as collecting images which relate to projects done in class. Photography from life helps with visual recording.

Visits to galleries both locally and nationally are always encouraged.

How will my child be assessed in KS3 Art?

Students will be formally assessed on the skills learnt, their knowledge and understanding of the formal elements, and the final outcomes at the end of each project using the Rossett School 3R’s and levels of progress.

Assessments will be based on how well students are responding to the lesson outcomes, which in turn relate to the formal elements, skills learnt and creative input. Targets will be set throughout the projects and will be the result of teacher, peer and self-assessment.


GCSE Art and Design – Fine Art

Fine Art

Students following the Fine Art course will create work which explores an idea, conveys an experience or responds to personal themes or issues. Fine Art is about looking, learning, thinking and communicating. It offers the chance to use your creativity to express yourself and create personal and imaginative work.

Areas of Study include drawing, painting, mixed media, photography, printmaking and sculpture.

Component 1 – Portfolio (60%)

The course covers lots of exciting techniques and skills and allows students to look at the work of a wide range of interesting artists.

Component 2 –Externally Set Assignment (40%)


Coursework (60%)

Controlled exam (40%)

During the course, students will also have the opportunity to visit an art gallery or museum to help as A source of inspiration for their work.

Further information can be obtained from Mrs Davison.


GCSE Art and Design – Graphic Communication

Graphic Communication

Students choosing the Graphics Communication course will learn about the process of designing visual material to convey information, ideas, meaning and emotions in response to a given or self-defined brief.

Areas of Study will include photography, typography, advertising, illustration and design for print.

There is often opportunity for students to experiment and freedom to determine their own creative and imaginative artwork

Component 1 – Portfolio (60%)

Component 2– Externally Set Assignment (40%)


Coursework 60%

Controlled exam 40%

During the course, students will also have the opportunity to visit a contemporary art gallery to help as a source of inspiration for their work.

Further information can be obtained from Mrs Davison



GCSE grade 4+ or C+ in Art is desirable.

Fine art is a creative subject where you can experiment with drawing, painting, mixed-media, sculpture, ceramics, installation, printmaking, video, animation and photography.

This course requires students to respond to a range of themes starting with ‘identity’; they will use a broad range of 2D and 3D media. Students will be encouraged to engage intellectually and imaginatively as they study the work of other artists and develop greater depth and skill in the creation of their own pieces.

The two year course is assessed by a combination of practical portfolio work and examinations.
Component 1: A personal investigation which includes a 1000 – 3000 word written element (60%).
Component 2: Externally set assignment – preparatory period concluding with a supervised 15 hour timed practical assessment (40%).

Art is a subject that complements learning in most other subjects. The careers in Art are many, varying from Interior Design and Graphics to Architecture.

For further information please contact: Mrs H Davison




GCSE Art and Design is useful but not essential.


In Photography students will produce practical and contextual work in areas or portraiture, landscape, still life, documentary, photo-journalism, fashion photography, experimental imagery, photographic installation, video and animation.

Photography is a practical course where students will focus on at least two of the following areas of study:

• Camera skills: applied skills, responding to the work of other photographers; a personal interpretation of a given theme such as portraiture, still life, macro or landscape
• Practical personal investigation
• Have to deal with assignment briefs – students will learn to develop their own ideas and skills
• The use of ‘Lightroom’ and ‘Photoshop’.

The two year course is assessed by a combination of practical portfolio work:
Component 1: A personal investigation (60%).
Component 2: Externally set assignment – examined in a supervised 15 hour timed practical assessment (40%).

Photography can help in a variety of careers for example, journalism, studio and commercial photography, forensic work, film and animation, graphics and web design. Students have progressed to Art Foundation degrees and a variety of IT and design courses at university from a study of photography.

For further information please contact:
Mrs H Davison