Art at Sir Thomas Rich's

"Art is not what you see, but what you make others see."
- Edgar Degas
"Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working."
- Pablo Picasso

In the Art Department, our team of subject specialists believe that students should have the opportunity to learn and participate in a creative environment, while working within a structured framework of teaching and learning. We want our students to develop their artistic skills, through the curriculum and the opportunities that the Department offers. We believe Art should be engaging, inspiring and challenging, providing learners with the knowledge and skills to explore a range of medias and processes, and enabling them to create and produce their own works of art.

We value academic endeavour and encourage students to think critically so that they can achieve a more comprehensive understanding of Art and Design. Students learn about the history of art, craft, design and architecture, including cultures, periods, styles and movements from ancient times up to the present day. Throughout the key stages students have the opportunity to investigate creative works using the language of art, craft and design. Alongside their practical lessons, students learn about renowned artists and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.


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Key Stage 3 - Years 7, 8 & 9

Teaching Arrangements: Years 7, 8 and 9 are taught for 1 period a week.
Homework Guidance: Homework is set accordingly, either on a weekly or fortnight basis, depending on the task.
Assessment Arrangements: Summer Term exam every year.
Topics Covered:
Year 7
  • Artistic development
  • Formal elements of art
  • Colour theory
  • History of art
Year 8
  • Cultures project
  • Printing
  • History of art
Year 9
  • The Green Man
  • Urban art
  • History of art

Our Key Stage 3 students are encouraged to develop their creativity and technical ability through workshops and a range of tasks, developing their practical skills in drawing, painting, printmaking and sculpture. We seek to create a stimulating environment where all pupils feel they can participate and develop their intellectual curiosity. Our schemes of work incorporate the study of artists, photographers, designers and sculptors as a spring board for the development of ideas, enabling pupils to both produce creative work and record their own experiences and reflections.

Teaching Arrangements: 5 lessons a fortnight for both Year 10 and 11.
Homework Guidance: Homework is set on a weekly basis.
Exam Specification: AQA GCSE Art and Design
Assessment Arrangements: 10-hour exam at the end of Year 11. Topics Covered:
Year 10
  • Component 1: Portfolio
Year 11
  • Component 1: Portfolio
  • Component 2: Externally set assignment

At Key Stage 4 we aim to inspire and challenge students to explore and communicate perceptions and feelings. Through discussions, assessment, practical workshops and exemplar material we aim to provide students with high levels of core knowledge and understanding, encouraging them to think for themselves and to develop self-discipline and resilience. Students who opt for GCSE Art follow the AQA Art, Craft and Design syllabus. This involves producing at least two projects for their Portfolio (Component 1 - 60% of GCSE), plus an Externally Set Assignment (Component 2 - 40 % of GCSE). At GCSE level students have time to develop their own ideas, working towards a chosen final piece. At Key Stage 4 we aim to inspire and challenge students to explore and communicate perceptions and feelings. Through discussions, assessment, practical workshops and exemplar material we aim to provide students with high levels of core knowledge and understanding, encouraging them to think for themselves and to develop self-discipline and resilience.

From September 2021 we are running AQA GCSE Photography, 60%/40%.

Entry Requirements: Grade 6 in Art at GCSE.
Teaching Arrangements: 10 lessons a fortnight. Lessons are taught in two parallel groups.
Homework Guidance: Homework will be set on a weekly basis.
Exam Specification: AQA AS and A Level Art and Design
Assessment Arrangements: 15-hour exam at the end of Year 13.
Topics Covered:
Year 12
  • Personal investigation
Year 13
  • Personal investigation
  • Externally set assignment

At Key Stage 5 our teaching is focused on providing opportunities for learners based on their individual strengths and following a path that suits their skillset, interests and goals. We work to further develop self-discipline and a thirst for learning, and aim to create open-minded practitioners with the ability to challenge materials, techniques and concepts. Students follow the AQA Art, Craft and Design syllabus at A Level. This involves producing at least two projects for their Personal Investigation (Component 1 - 60% of A Level), plus an Externally Set Assignment (Component 2 - 40 % of A Level). At A Level students have time to develop their own ideas, working towards a chosen final piece.

University courses this subject may be required for or lead onto: Animation, Archaeology and Art History, Architecture, Art & Design, Digital Design, Education, Fashion Design, Filmmaking, Film Studies, Film and Television Production, Fine Art, Game Design, Graphic Design, History of Art, Illustration, Media Studies, Photography, Visual Communication.
Careers that Art may lead onto:
  • Architect
  • Art Conservator
  • Art Curator
  • Art Director
  • Art Historian
  • Art Lecturer
  • Art Therapist
  • Artist
  • Costume Designer
  • Fashion Designer
  • Furniture Designer
  • Game Designer
  • Graphic Designer
  • Illustrator
  • Interior Designer
  • Jewellery Designer
  • Museum Conservator
  • Photographer
  • Product Designer
  • Set Designer
  • Web Designer


Associated Clubs / Societies / Trips:
  • Sixth Form residential
  • Tate Modern trip
  • Lunchtime open door art room policy
  • Photography Club