Students will gain a growth of practical skills, knowledge and understanding throughout the three year Key Stage 3 program. In each year, students will undertake two units of work. For each unit, students will learn how to work in a sketchbook to develop ideas, experiment with media and refine their visual and annotation skills. This developmental process will relate to larger visual outcomes and artist research. The projects for all years will develop a range of skills in drawing and painting, sculpture, ceramics, design, printmaking and textiles. Some digital and photographic processes and concepts will also be introduced in Key Stage 3. As students move into Year 9, their project work will take on a style more akin to working as a GCSE student. Year 9 will have a greater emphasis on upskilling and upon more personal and experimental outcomes.
During Key Stage 3 students will undertake Art lessons once per week, and this is enriched with a program of independent study activities and additional curricular opportunities.