Art & Design

Mrs Whittle – Subject Leader

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One very large specialist Art room with digital white board. Fully operational kiln room for ceramic firing.

GCSE Virtual Art Exhibition 2021

Welcome to Holy Cross Art Gallery July 2021.

Visit our virtual exhibition by clicking here.

Year 11’s samples displayed from component 1. Coursework final pieces covering the four assessment objectives detailed sketch books required for both theme’s. Identity / Relationships & Natural Forms.

A big well done to all the hard work, commitment and talent achieved over the last two years.

Best wishes Mrs Whittle, In Charge Of Art & Design.

Disciplines offered

  • Art, Craft & Design which can include 2D/3D and Textiles. YEAR 10/11


All work is marked according to National Curriculum guidelines and is awarded a grade (from 1-9) Verbal and written feedback is on-going throughout each project – key stage 3. – 8 weeks on a carousel. Key stage 4 – two year course written assessments and reports are on-going throughout the two years. Homework is a must to enhance the work achieved in class for both key stages.

Curriculum Plan

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Curriculum: Key Stage 3

Year 7 – Portraits:

Pupils will take a baseline assessment covering the formal elements of Art and Design for the first two lessons in order to set their target level.

All work is based on the artist Guiseppe Arcimboldo.

Pupils will be designing a 2D portrait working in the style of the artist’s painting.

Pupils will be marked on the following criteria;

EFFORT & ATTAINMENT LEVELS 1 – 9 for all key stage 3 pupils
Research, presentation, colour, imagination, connections and understanding, primary/secondary studies using a variety of mixed materials, annotations, experimentation, initial designs, final design, evaluation.


Year 8 – The Jungle – Cakes / Masks

Pupils work will be based on the artist Henri Rousseau.

A band pupils will be creating a cake based on the jungle using a variety of materials showing connections and understanding to the artist’s work

B band pupils will be designing a mask again using a mixture of materials for their final outcome.


Year 9 – Identity / Pop Art

Final outcomes to design two plate ideas based on the Pop artist’s work and their own Identity refine and then produce a final design showing connections and understanding.


Various competitions are held. Here is the 2016 winner:

Curriculum: Key Stage 4

Examination Board – AQA years 10/11

Specification and Assessment:

  • Component 1
    • No time limit
    • 96 Marks
    • 60% of GCSE
    • The component is compiled during Years 10 and 11, to be completed by May in Year 11.
    • Two projects will be set during this time.
    • What’s assessed: A portfolio that in total shows explicit coverage of the four
  • Assessment Objectives
    • It must include a sustained project evidencing the journey from initial engagement to the realisation of intentions and a selection of further work undertaken during the pupils’ course of study.


  • Component 2 – Externally Set Assignment
    • Preparatory period followed by 10 hours of supervised time
    • 96 Marks
    • 40% of GCSE
    • This component begins from January of Year 11. The assessment criteria are the same as the bullet pointed portfolio criteria, although the timescale given is very different as outlined below:
      • Pupils are introduced to the question paper containing seven project briefs/topics from which they must choose one. Pupils are given until April to gather the research, drawings, experimentation, designs etc.
      • When all the prep work is complete they should have a design completed in preparation for the controlled assignment aspect of the task. Pupils will take all their prep work and designs into a 10 hour exam (taken over two days).
      • Pupils will use this work to aid them in completing their final outcome.
        The controlled test is completed under strict AQA exam conditions.
    • The pupils are given task sheets containing deadlines and success criteria to help them to plan, but it is worth noting that this course involves a substantial amount of commitment and hard work.

Career opportunities

Art as a subject offers a different type of learning and skills to pupils. It can give more academic pupils a break from subjects who rely heavily on remembering facts and it is essential to many careers. With new advances in technology, creative skills can be useful in TV and media, animation, advertising, game design, engineering, architecture, hairdressing, clothes design and many more.


Further information is available from Mrs Whittle

GCSE Art & Design Exhibition June 2020

A celebration of Year 11’s creative talents for GCSE Art & Design.

Extra Curricular Opportunities

After school classes are run on Tuesday– Wednesday 3.20 – 4.20.

Useful Websites All topics All topics Natural Environment Tate Gallery National Portrait gallery Pop Art