Creative Art


The Creative Art team consists of one full time teacher who offers a range of experience as well as experienced teaching assistants to support.

Achievement and progress

Year 7, Year 8 and 9 are taught in their year groups for two periods per week.

Year 10 and 11 are spilt again into groups - one for Entry Level Art and one for GCSE Art and Design – they continue in these groups until the end of key stage four as each course is run over the two years. Currently they have three lessons per week.

Curriculum Overview

The schemes of work used in KS3 help promote individual artistic styles which can then be transferred into KS4. Year 7 and 8 carry out experimental work to enthuse and develop individual style and give pupils the opportunity to develop a lifelong interest and appreciation of creative works.  Once students have entered Year 9 they continue to develop skills in more detail allowing them to enhance their skill set to an individual style ready for key stage four. Art at Oaklands is enjoyable and achievable, with outstanding facilities to help support every learner. We aim to deliver a high-quality art and design scheme of work that engages, inspires and challenges pupils to invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. We offer the opportunity for all pupils to know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.

Year Topics

 Year 7

Areas covered: Colour theory, mood & emotion, worldwide history and culture, Egyptian Art, landscape and scenery.

Artist Links: Vincent Van Gogh, St Saens, Maggie Hambling, Georgia O'Keeffe, Hundertwasser, Frida Kahlo

 Year 8

Areas covered: Drawing & painting skill, colour theory, surrealism, perspective, worldwide history and culture and pop art

Artist Links: Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, M.C Esher, Salvador Dali, Andy Warhol, Peter Blake, Roy Lichenstein

 Year 9

Areas covered: Architecture, photography, industrial landscapes, optical art, drawing and pining skills

Artist Links:  Antoni Gaudi, Karl Blossfeldt, LS Lowry, Bridget Riley

Year 10 and 11 

Areas covered: Worldwide cultures, Portraits, painting and drawing skills, looking at natural forms, creating mood boards, colour theory, observational skills, sculpture, design, portfolio building and developing own personal responses of work

Artist links: Pupils own choices with staff supervision, a wide variety of examples are available for them to use as a starting point.

In key stage four pupils also have the opportunity to visit the local resource library where they have a wide range of artists catalogues available for pupils to use to enhance their knowledge and work.