Staffing of the department

Mrs Irvine – Head of Department
Ms Grogan – Teacher of Art

Educational philosophy/Aims of the curriculum

Children see before they speak, make marks before they write, build before they walk. But their ability to appreciate and interpret what they observe, communicate what they think and feel, or make what they imagine and invent, is influenced by the quality of their art, craft and design education. 

Art education at St Ursula’s encourages pupils to explore visual, tactile and other sensory experiences to communicate ideas and meanings. They work with traditional and new media, developing confidence, competence, imagination and creativity. They learn to appreciate and value images and artefacts across times and cultures, and to understand the contexts in which they were made. In art, craft and design, pupils reflect critically on their own and other people’s work, judging quality, value and meaning. They learn to think and act as artists, craftspeople and designers, working creatively and intelligently. They develop an appreciation of art, craft and design, and its role in the creative and cultural industries that enrich their lives.

Through the teaching of this subject we aim to give children the opportunities and skills to be able to experience and enjoy being creative. To express themselves, and their ideas, in a variety of materials and processes. To build on their skills, knowledge and understanding by improving their control of tools, materials and techniques. Teaching them to develop their ideas from imagination and a variety of starting points, such as images and artefacts. To explore the work of artists, craftspeople and designers and the art and craft of different cultures and ages.

KS3 curriculum

Pupils will study a range of artists’ and craftspeoples’ work  within their projects and understand how to relate their own work to others’.  Our pupils learn to study and observe from images and sources in their drawing and to further experiment with a variety of materials.  They explore ideas and learn to develop their work through analysis and evaluation of their own outcomes and the work of others’.  They are encouraged to express their thoughts and ideas freely to further their experiences of art.

KS3 Programme of study

  • Year 7 – The Formal Elements

Pupils study the formal elements of art: line, tone, form, texture, colour, shape, space.  They focus on drawing techniques, observation skills, painting and mark making.  The pupils experience many different materials and build their knowledge of artists through analysis of artworks and develop their understanding of art techniques through practical work.

  • Year 8 – Animals

Pupils focus on 3D skills, drawing and painting in Year 8.  They produce a papier mache animal looking at anatomical structure and decorate with colours and patterns from different cultures such as Mexican art and African tribal patterning.  Patterns and design also form the basis for 2D work looking at symmetry, colour and design.

  • Year 9 – Natural Forms

Year 9s return to improve their fine art skills in drawing, painting and printmaking.  They continue to use the influence of other artists’ work in their own whilst gaining further skills in observation and experimenting with a range of materials such as pen and ink, watercolour, lino printing and digital collage.  The range of work produced in Year gives a fantastic foundation of skills ready for GCSE art in Year 10.

Special requirements

KS3 – Pupils must have a 2B pencil for every art lesson.  Colouring pencils will be required for frequent homework so these should be available at home.

Links to useful sites for KS3 students, parents and members of the public

BBC Bitesize Art & Design KS3:
Range of artists’ work:
V&A Museum:
National Gallery: