Overview of Art and Design at OLA

      Art and Design is an integral part of our lived experience.  Engaging with the visual world enhances and challenges the manner in which we perceive and interpret all life.  Art and Design at OLA is, therefore, central to our pupils’ creative and aesthetic sensibility.  In Art each pupil is encouraged to seek out personal responses and find new ways in which to visually express their understanding of the world and to make valid cross cultural/cross curricular references.  Therefore, openness, independent thinking, self-confidence, self-worth and mutual esteem are at the foundation of our aims and objectives.  Our policy of exhibition of pupils’ art work throughout the school stimulates, informs and reinforces the absorption of visual imagery in our working environment.


      Art and Design is part of the core curriculum followed by all pupils in Years 7 to 9 and is an optional subject from Years 10 to the Upper 6th.  We have excellent facilities with a suite of rooms dedicated to the teaching of drawing, painting, print, ceramics, mixed media and sculpture.


      Years 7-9 Art Curriculum

      The courses are structured to broadly introduce the pupils to the formal elements of line, tone, colour, pattern and material manipulation through themed projects in Year 7, while incorporating a fully realised three dimensional project in Year 8.  In Year 9 we offer a course of study which builds on the experiences learned while extending technical skills in paint, print and ceramics.  The course in Year 9 offers grounding for those who may wish to pursue Art at GCSE while providing a foundation of transferable skills for those who will not be undertaking a further course of study in the subject. 


      Above: Piece of Year 9 Art

      The work in Years 7 to 9 is assessed in various ways, for example, classwork and homework assignments, end of topic tests and an end of year examination usually held after the May half term break.


      Co-curricular Art Activities in Years 7 to 9


      Lunchtime clubs are offered four days a week where pupils are encouraged to pursue personal projects, catch up on homework tasks or follow up on work that has been done in the classroom.  Clubs are an opportunity to meet with other year groups and share ideas in a creative, relaxed environment.

      Years 10-11 Art Curriculum


      Fine Art: 


      AQA GCSE Art and Design Specification 8202  


      This course is assessed as follows:-


      Component 1: Portfolio


      96 marks, 60% of the GCSE and undertaken over the course of Year10 and Year11


      Component 2: Externally Set Task available from January 2 


      96 marks, 40% of the GCSE and undertaken in Year 11 at the end of the spring term

      Areas of study in Fine Art include:-

      a) Drawing

      b) Painting (monoprint, collagraph and block printing)

      c) Sculpture/Ceramics

      d) Installation

      e) Photography and moving image

      f) Printmaking

      g) Mixed Media

      h) Land Art 

      Knowledge, Understanding and Skills: Pupils will develop and apply their knowledge, understanding and skills within the context of fine art practice in their areas of study so that they have:-

      An appreciation of how sources within historical, social, environmental, cultural and environmental contexts will inform their work.

      An appreciation of how themes, forms, feelings and concerns can inspire their art work.

      An appreciation of different media and its purpose.

      An appreciation of all formal elements of line, colour, tone, texture, shape and form.

      Apart from the trip outlined below, there are additional costs for materials associated with this course.

      Trips for Art in Years 10 and 11

       A Tate Modern Visit is run at the beginning of Year 10 and Year 11 as a general introduction to Art practice.  It is not compulsory but it is encouraged.  The usual cost is approximately £25.

      Co-curricular Art Activities in Years 10 and 11

      Alongside the lunchtime clubs, which GCSE candidates are encouraged to attend, there is a GCSE after-school-club one day a week.

      Sixth Form Art Curriculum

      Please Click here for full details on Sixth Form Art


      Revised February 2017



      During Key Stage 3 students cover the following areas: confidence and team building; group dynamic and form identity.   They are introduced to, and develop basic drama skills and theatrical techniques ,which allow them to explore themes and issues in a safe environment.


      We are pleased to offer to students the OCR GCSE in Drama, which places emphasis on practical exploration and creates opportunities to perform or to gain experience in performance support. This is coupled with academic rigour in research, preparation, analysis and evaluation. The course that we have designed uses inspiring material which stimulates students to create exciting and imaginative drama, either through work on script, or in improvisation and devising.


      We offer a wide range of opportunities for students to develop their skills and knowledge of drama outside of the classroom.


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      We offer a wide range of opportunities for students to develop their skills and knowledge of drama outside of the classroom.