Art, Craft & Design Department Aims

We aim to encourage all our students to fulfil their creative potential here at Painsley. Students are given the opportunity to work in a range of scale, materials and techniques in investigative and experimental ways. We aim to ensure that art is both a challenging and enjoyable experience. At KS3 there is a focus on developing good drawing and painting skills as well as learning three–dimensional skills in a variety of materials. These skills are assessed at regular intervals and built on each year. Sketchbook work is introduced and continues to be built on throughout the two years.Central to each student’s art education is the opportunity to see art work at first hand.

Curriculum Overview

During Year 9 it is important for students to build up a more sustained approach to project work, so that a body of work is produced rather like a GCSE unit. This will prepare students well, for GCSE coursework the following year. Schemes of learning are structured around the 4 GCSE assessment objectives and assessed using the framework provided by the examination body.

During Year 10 and 11 students will produce controlled assessment work equating to 45 hours of work which the students have to complete unaided in class time. Additionally, sketchbook work and larger scale pieces will be produced on a topic that will change each year. In Year 11 students focus on completing the controlled assessment, (coursework) and preparing for the externally set examination question. We have excellent results at all levels: In 2016 we were pleased to achieve 100% A- C at GCSE. Natural progression is to Painsley Sixth form where we offer AQA Art, Craft and Design at A level.

Subject Staff

Mrs M Kavanagh – Director of Visual Arts

Mrs H Gillespie

Miss K May (technician)

Mrs Ruth Rowlands

Miss Hollie Jones

Mrs Claire Deighton


Useful links

We organise visits to galleries, museums and exhibitions so that students can gain inspiration and ideas for their own work. Visits have included The Whitworth, Manchester Art Gallery, New Designers, The V&A, Harry Potter world, and St Giles church. Students in Y9 have the chance to work alongside an artist in residence and Y12 have attend ed a screen-print workshop in Stoke on Trent. We are also very excited about a forthcoming trip to Barcelona for A level students and for GCSE a visit to The Pitt Rivers museum and Oxford university natural history museum. Y9 also have the chance to go to the British Ceramics Biennial.

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