The Art Department at Tong gives pupils the opportunity to demonstrate imagination and creative flair whilst learning the skills needed to effectively use different media. Drawing is often the foundation of many artistic explorations so it is expected pupils will develop and refine their observational skills through this area of study, using different methods and approaches.

Pupils are encouraged to combine observations, ideas and feelings, enabling the successful completion of aesthetically interesting final pieces. Pupils are expected to study the work of other artists and show how these studies have impacted on their own practice. They must also be able to annotate and evaluate their work using subject specific vocabulary showing understanding of their own artistic journey.

Curriculum Overview
Year 7 Year 8
  • Observational Drawing
  • Colour Studies
  • David Hockney Landscapes (local artist)
  • Japanese Watercolour Painting
  • Martina Shapiro – Painting
  • Peter Brook – Mixed Media
  • Portrait Drawing – Pencil
  • Da Vinci Grotesque Heads – Drawing media
  • Herman Scherer – Printing
  • Sylvia Silbergsweig – Mixed Media
  • Modigliani – Mixed Media
Year 9 Year 10 Year 11
  • Project 1 – Still Life
  • Project 2 – Portrait and Text
  • An introduction to GCSE studies where pupils are taught how to use a range of different media with increasing accuracy and skill. Work completed can be submitted at the end of the course.
  • Project 1 – Still Life
  • Project 2 – Portrait and Text
  • GCSE portfolio of work throughout the year will be started showing observational study, research, development and final pieces.
  • Project 1 – Still Life
  • Project 2 – Portrait and Text
  • Project 3 – Externally Set Task (Jan – May)
  • GCSE portfolio of work continued showing further observational study, research, development and final pieces.

Internal assessments take place every half-term.

KS4 Exam Board Specification: AQA GCSE Art and Design: Fine Art (8202)

Enrichment Offer

The Department offers subject-specific enrichment clubs and organises a range of educational visits throughout the year. Pupils are able to take part in school-wide competitions, as well as representing the Academy in local and national competitions designed to increase their engagement and enhance their subject knowledge. Intervention sessions to consolidate prior learning and ensure maximum progress are at the heart of our delivery model.