Art & Design

September 22nd, 2017

Welcome to the Art 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.

Video Prospectus – Art & Design Department

In Years 7 and 8 students rotate, on a termly basis, around three highly trained members of staff, each offering an introduction to three specialist subjects: sculpture, textiles and painting and drawing. Key skills, such as colour theory, tonal shading, and perspective are introduced using a range of materials and approaches through cultural, contextual and design based projects.

Curriculum Content

Year 7

  • Design Project: War horse
  • Cultural projects: Native American, Islamic, Aboriginal
  • Contextual project: Cubist portraits

Year 8

  • Design project: Art Shop (Artwork created for shop windows or restaurants in Andover and Young Art in the Park/Art in the Garden)
  • Cultural project: Indian, Bulgarian or Ghanaian (Harrow Way’s partner school)
  • Contextual project: Surrealism

Key Stage 4 – Year 9

Art & Design

A varied course of study with an emphasis on exploration of a range of materials and methods including: painting with or without a brush, drawing, ceramic and other sculptural techniques, batik, machine and hand stitching, printing and photography.

This ‘Taster’ year introduces the students to the Key Stage 4 curriculum and expectations. Projects build upon skills and provide scope for more personal departures: :

  • ‘Mechanimals’: fusing mechanical components and animal forms (including a trip to the Museum of Army Flying or a traction engine park)
  • Individual Selection: Students choose from four starting points, taken from a past GCSE exam paper.


An introduction to basic photography skills, using digital cameras and smart phones:

  • Getting to know the camera: depth of field, composition, lighting
  • Alphabet – finding letters within the environment
  • Toy Story – using scale to construct humorous scenarios
  • Individual selection – students choose the direction of their final piece

Year 10 & 11

Students who follow the OCR GCSE Art & Design Syllabus are awarded grades through the collective assessment of an art and design portfolio, where the student’s 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 who follow the VCert Creative Studies in Art & Design are awarded grades through the collective assessment of five units. The two compulsory and two optional units are marked internally, and externally moderated. The examination unit is externally set and marked. All units are worth 20%; Pass is equivalent to a C grade at GCSE, Merit a grade B and Distinction a grade A.

Whether studying GCSE or VCert, projects encourage refinement of skills and exploration of materials. Visits to London galleries and local colleges, to view Art exhibitions and Fashion shows are arranged, as well as drawing days to collect visual information for specific projects.

Year 10
Projects may include:

  • Natural forms/Art in the Garden: (including trip to Hillier gardens)
  • Architectural project: Sacred Spaces (trip to Salisbury cathedral)

Year 11
Projects are more student led:

  • Personal project using past examination papers
  • Selection of work for portfolio
  • Terminal exam
  • Revisit, refine and prepare portfolio
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