Art & Design and Photography

September 26th, 2018

Welcome to the Art and Photography Department

The Art Department at Harrow Way aims to encourage an understanding of art in its broadest terms. Our goal is to familiarise students with a range of materials, techniques and experiences as well as to introduce students to the rich and varied aspects of the history of art and cultures. Wherever possible, the use of Information Communications Technology is incorporated into projects. Our aim is to allow every student to develop and discover his or her interests and talents and to eventually achieve success at examination level. We place a strong emphasis upon imagination in our teaching, but link this with the need for sound technical expertise, and encourage students to develop the ability to differentiate between that which is original or cliched, beautiful or ugly and meaningful or contrived. In effect, we aim to teach a visual vocabulary so that students might acquire a perceptive view of the visual world.

Three highly trained members of staff, each offering an introduction to three specialist subjects: sculpture, textiles and painting and drawing, photography and Photoshop.

Curriculum Content

Key Stage 3
Students follow a Mastery Curriculum ensuring that they are introduced to basic skills such as colour theory, tonal shading, and perspective and then given the opportunity to secure those skills towards mastering them. They will learn through a range of topics, materials, techniques and approaches through cultural, contextual and design based projects. Outcomes may be 3D/ceramic, textile, painting, drawing, mixed media, photography or photographic manipulation.

Year 7

  • Term 1: War horse and still life give opportunities to be involved in county wide projects such as the 215 Project and Hope, Peace & Remembrance, both culminating in public exhibitions in November.
  • Term 2: Contextual project: Cubist Portraits
  • Term 3: Cultural projects to discover other cultures through their arts and crafts

Year 8

  • Term 1: Contextual project ‘Surrealism’ and perspective.
  • Term 2: Cultural project: ‘Masks’, ‘Bulgaria’
  • Term 3: Design project: ‘Art Shop’ Artwork has been previously created for local clients such as Art in the Garden at Hillier Gardens, Rosebourne restaurant in Andover and for shop windows. This year their final project will on Pop Art and be supported with a Fabric Fusion workshop in March/April delivered by a visiting artist.

Key Stage 4

Year 9
Art, Craft & Design

Students follow the GCSE Art, Craft & Design syllabus, building on their previous knowledge and understanding and honing their skills. Students will embark on two major projects, gradually taking ownership of the direction of their work as they become more confident. They are encouraged to experiment with a range of media and techniques, sometimes fusing more than one method to discover their own voice.

  • Project 1: ‘Circles and Rings’ – supported by two exciting opportunities, a visit with workshops at Roche Court Sculpture Park followed by artist led workshops with Andover College. An exhibition of the outcomes will take place in Andover town centre. Focus on observation and experimentation.
  • Project 2: Self Directed study. Students will choose a starting point from a GCSE past paper and will produce a final outcome under exam conditions. Focus on skill strengths and personal preferences.


Students follow the GCSE Photography syllabus, building on their previous knowledge and understanding and honing their skills. Students receive an introduction to more advanced photography skills through a range of projects, gradually taking ownership of the direction of their work as they become more confident. They are encouraged to experiment with a range of equipment and techniques and will use digital manipulation and other creative methods to discover their own voice.

  • Project 1: ‘Alphabets’ – closely observing the environment to discover hidden letters. Using camera angles, lighting and manipulation tools to develop compositional skills.
  • Project 2: ‘Narrative’ – reading a photograph and extending compositional skills to direct the viewer through different scenarios including toys and scale.
  • Toy Story – using scale to construct humorous scenarios
  • Project 3: ‘Identity’ – a more self-directed journey into an exploration of the self, either as individuals or collectively.

Year 10 & 11 Art, Craft & Design and Photography

Students who follow the OCR GCSE Art, Craft & Design or the Photography syllabus are awarded grades through the collective assessment of a portfolio, where the students’ best work is selected for presentation (60%) and an externally set examination project, where students choose from a range of starting points provided by the exam board (40%).

Students are encouraged to learn new skills, and build on previous knowledge and understanding to refine the quality of their outcomes. Projects will take on more personal departures as the student considers what they are trying to say through their artwork. Researching the work of other artists, designers and photographers is encouraged throughout to inform the direction they take and study visits are put in place to support this. A mock exam will take place in year 10 and 11 to familiarise the students with the process and the time constraints.

Currently, students are able to study Art, Craft & Design and Photography at GCSE level.

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