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Art and Design

"Art is anything you can get away with"

Andy Warhol


Art & Design at Bradfield is a successful and lively department which currently comprises of three members of staff, a full time subject leader and two part time art teachers. We have support from one part-time art technician.

We work together as a strong team celebrating our strengths and artistic interests. Our specialisms cover Drawing and Painting, Printmaking, Textiles, 3-D and Digital Photography.

We deliver a rich and varied Art, Craft and Design curriculum which encourages engagement and enjoyment from our students alongside the growth in knowledge and understanding of visual language. We believe that learning the language of art enables students to respond visually to the world around them. We promote broad thinking, problem solving, creative responses and have high expectations. 

At each key stage students have the opportunity, through curriculum and extra-curricular activities, to explore the work of artists and designers; to broaden their perception of the visual world and its worth within the world of work.

Key Stage 3 Curriculum Content

Whilst studying art and design at key stage 3 students will be given the opportunity to develop the skills, techniques and knowledge required to access the GCSE course in key stage 4.

At key stage 3 students have one single lesson per week.

Year 7 - Foundation Learning in Art & Design

Students come to us with a wide range of Art & Design experiences, therefore we start the year with a baseline assessment of both practical and analytical art skills. We then complete work which covers some of the formal elements required in order to develop as young artists such as:

  • Colour
  • Tone
  • Line
  • Form 
  • Texture
  • Shape

We deliver these concepts and skills within projects that also encourage personal expression and consideration of audience.

Year 8 - Drawing Development

Drawing has to be evident in the new GCSE course, therefore we have dedicated Year 8 to the development of drawing skills for our art students. We explore the many different methods of drawing, tools for drawing and principles and theory to improve drawing. These skills are then utilised in a project that encompasses and extends technical skill alongside creative response.

Key Projects:

  • Succulents
  • Perspective drawing and the work of LS Lowry
  • Kim Welling illustration box
  • Bugs in a Box
  • O'Keefe Flower Study


Year 9 - GCSE Preparation

Within year 9 the focus is on preparing students for GCSE Art & Design. We focus on the principles of the GCSE assessment objectives; researching artists and contexts, experimenting with different media, development of ideas and final realisation of an idea. The students embark on more independent responses and the use of presentation skills in their artwork. Later on in the year those who have selected GCSE as an option are invited to attend an art inspiration trip and begin a piece of work which could be submitted as coursework.

Key Projects: 

  • Portraiture
  • Urban Art
  • Birds in Art
  • Skulls in Art
  • Collage Art
  • 3-D Sculpture
  • Sheffield Artists.



Students will visit Sheffield City Centre, to view the Sheffield Galleries and take part in a Street Art tour.


Key Stage 4 Curriculum Content

We offer AQA’s Art, Craft & Design GCSE Course. This is a broad course that allows students to work to their strengths. Students can work in any medium and interpret exam questions freely. As a department we encourage students to review their successes and build upon them. Initially we start the course all working on the same art brief and guide students through the four assessment objectives and how best to meet them. As the course progresses students have more opportunities to develop personal responses to the art briefs and work in the media they feel most confident with. 

Art Show

Each year we have a 'Creativity Showcase' of our students best work. The exhibition includes GCSE artwork and gives students an opportunity to receive the praise and recognition they deserve. In 2021, we had to pre-record our exhibition, which you can access below. 

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In Year 10 students will visit Yorkshire Sculpture Park, to look at 3D Art.

The course is assessed through a mixture of coursework and examination: 

60% Controlled Assessment
This takes the form of a portfolio. Students work in two projects, one completed in Year 10 and one started in Year 10 and finished in Year 11. 

  • Project 1 - Graphic Based Outcome
  • Project 2 - Project based on the previous years GCSE exam paper.

40% Examination
In January of Year 11 students receive their question paper as set by AQA. The exam usually takes place in mid March.