Art and Design at Rowan High…

Art and Design is a subject which gives pupils the freedom to express themselves through creativity. They are encouraged to use a variety of different artistic techniques which allows them to decide which creative methods they enjoy using, and which they feel they need to practice or develop. Rowan High School has a purpose-built Art and Design/DT classroom which facilitates a safe environment for experimental learning to take place.

If you have any further questions please direct them to Miss Corless at school who will be happy to help.


Art and Design develops the confidence of pupils, and gives them the chance to express themselves non-verbally through a variety of means. Pupils will be given guidance to enable them to safely experiment with artistic techniques in a classroom which is fit-for-purpose.
Art and Design teaches pupils valuable life skills such as cleaning up after using equipment, or evaluating their own work and the work of others. It also encourages problem solving and resilience due to pupils working through their problems or challenges they face during their Art lessons.

The curriculum supports the needs of all learners, and the lessons are made inclusive and accessible to all pupils. Art and Design can be accessed as a therapeutic lesson for pupils to engage in, and all lessons are differentiated depending on the abilities in the class.
Topics taught in lessons follow the National Curriculum for Art and Design, so pupils are able to access the same educational content as they would get in any other school setting.
We believe in the capabilities of all pupils at Rowan High, and believe that they should be given the opportunities to be successful in whatever it is that they aspire to achieve.


At Rowan High School we consider the way each subject is taught and assessed in order to give every pupil the best chance to succeed. The curriculum is planned and implemented with these aspirations in mind. The National Curriculum for Art and Design allows freedom to explore, create and experiment with artistic techniques. With that in mind, pupils will be taught to:

  • Be creative in all of their Art lessons
  • Explore the use of different artistic techniques
  • Experiment with equipment and materials
  • Use equipment safely and appropriately
  • Self and peer evaluate work positively
  • Build resilience and confidence within their artistic abilities
  • Work in groups or teams to share creative ideas and thoughts
  • Become independent when using specialist tools and equipment
  • Develop fine motor skills whilst using tools and equipment
  • Learn about a variety of cultures and artistic backgrounds
  • Manage expectations of themselves and present these in a positive light
  • Understand the creative process and treat mess as success!


It is Imperative that pupils reflect on what they have learnt, and that they get recognition for this learning. The pupils are given a baseline assessment of Art skills when they begin their artistic journey at Rowan High, and this data is used to plan lessons which reflect pupil abilities. The lessons are planned and monitored continuously to ensure that the needs of all pupils are being met and that they have access to any resources they need to succeed going forward in their creative journey.

Pupils will leave school with accreditation and qualifications which will reflect the work which they have put in to their Art and Design lessons and be representative of the way the curriculum is delivered throughout the key stages.

Curriculum Overview at Key Stage 3, 4 and 5.

At KS3, pupils will be taught:

  • To use a variety of paints which include acrylics and watercolours
  • To use light and shade to add dimension and impact
  • To mark make effectively to enhance work
  • To condense key information about artists and their history
  • To learn and understand the cultural backgrounds of art history
  • To use drawing and colouring pencils effectively
  • To explore print making and sculpture to produce 3D work
  • To experiment with all techniques and identify strengths
  • To build confidence in the arts and work which is created

At KS4/KS5, pupils will be taught:

  • To use creative freedom and express themselves through art
  • To manage their own time effectively in order to work to deadlines set
  • To self-motivate in order to complete work
  • To build on the skills and knowledge they learnt in KS3, and develop these further
  • To choose their own pathway for qualifications and work to achieve this
  • To invest and dedicate time for their own learning
  • To put together a portfolio of work to submit as coursework
  • To use a sketchbook as a working document and use it consistently through the course

Year 7 – Pupils who join us in year 7 will have a practical baseline assessment within their first lesson of Art and Design, which allows them to show off any prior knowledge they may have, and enables teaching staff to plan lessons which will best suit their abilities and needs. After this, they will complete a wide variety of topics which include Identity, African Art and Graffiti Art. These will allow pupils to explore the use of different media and art processes, whilst gaining knowledge about Art history and culture.

Year 8 – At this stage, pupils should have some prior knowledge of artistic techniques and processes, and will develop on these skills in topics such as Patterns in Nature and Mythical Creatures. Beyond this, pupils will develop new skills, learning about Mosaic and Mark Making, and producing work which reflects these new techniques.

Year 9 – Pupils in year 9 will again further their existing knowledge and skills in topics such as Landscapes and Art Deco. However, they will be introduced to more theoretical processes such as art analysis and reflection. This will give them an incite into what they should expect if they decide to take Art as an option subject the following year. Topics such as Bauhaus Art will allow them to explore the history of Art within education, and how it has been adapted over time and within different settings.

Year 10 & Year 11 – If pupils choose to take Art as an option subject, they can follow an Entry Level or a GCSE pathway. Both of the pathways are run over 2 years, which means that pupils have the opportunity to build on their portfolios throughout this time. In year 10, pupils will choose a theme, topic or focus for each term, which allows pupils to have a personal influence on the work which they create.  There is a selection of themes to choose from, which are designed to cater for every pupil’s interests. These include Landscapes, Identity, Nature, Mechanical Objects and Mythical Creatures. Pupils will then complete a wide variety of work in media such as pencils, paints, pastels, collage and sculpture. These pieces of work will be accompanied by a sketchbook where pupils can experiment with processes and techniques before completing a final piece. In year 11, GCSE pupils will be able to sit their exam, which contributes to 40% of their final grade. Entry level pupils will have their work internally moderated by subject specialist staff against the requirements provided by WJEC qualifications.

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