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Here at KEVI Camp Hill School for Boys we are passionate about the delivery of high quality Art, Craft and Design education that embodies some of the highest forms of human creativity. Our curriculum is designed to engage, inspire and challenge all of our students, equipping them with the knowledge and skills required to participate in, experiment with and create their own works of Art. Students are encouraged to question the world around them, to be able to think creatively and critically when considering the work of others and that of their own. They do this by investigating and evaluating a wide range of creative outcomes from the past and present to develop a rigorous understanding of the range of disciplines within Art and how they shape our history and future. This will enable our students to contribute as confident citizens and future professionals to the culture, creativity and emotional wellbeing of our society in both a school and national context beyond their life here at Camp Hill.

Knowledge and Skill:

Art allows students to develop personal and creative responses through diverse opportunities to generate original ideas in a variety of ways using different media and processes. While our curriculum is based on revisiting essential practical skills such as drawing, we also encourage our students to work expressively. Through the making process they develop appropriate skills across a range of disciplines including drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture and digital art in order to create personal outcomes. Art enhances their visual awareness by looking, thinking and interpreting Art as a form of communication through visual symbols and icons. Discussing the Arts, their work and the art of their peers, encourages their listening and communication skills, providing an opportunity for students to work collaboratively, using language effectively to express what they see, how they think, feel, and why.


Art has the power to foster and nurture their ability to work both independently and collaboratively, developing communication skills in a variety of forms. It helps them to develop sequential thinking, resulting in a more intuitive and independent approach. We allow our students to explore the potential careers within the creative industries and to understand how the skills they learn in Art will benefit their other subjects and careers choices. We strongly believe that Art provides students with opportunities to foster a greater sense of curiosity and discovery, with the ability to take risks and problem solve to become more resilient and proactive students.


In Art every child will experience a sense of self-expression and the ability to create art that is personal and unique to them, using a range of techniques and media. Exhibitions, museum visits and artist workshops, in addition to classroom activities will allow students to question and understand their environments and those of others, exploring what they see, think and feel, while understanding that art is a form of communication and expression and there is no right or wrong.

Art is what defines us, what makes us human' ....- Jan Vogler 

Studying Art at KS3 (Years 7, 8 and 9)

Core Aims: Develop skills, confidence, imagination and enjoyment

In Key Stage 3 students are taught skills and practices in order to bring all students to a level where they are confident in handling basic materials, have a developed sense of imagination and creativity and above all enjoy the subject of Art and Design. In Key Stage 3, all classes will work on 3 main projects over the year, one of which will form an internal examination project at the end of each year. 

Homework in Key stage 3 will follow the school policy on time allocated per subject, which is usually one hour per week. Homework will sometimes follow on from work started in lessons, or at times may be a separate task to be completed at home e.g. research or collecting of resources. Students can use the art studios if access to resources or space at home is difficult.

Year 7

Students come to Camp Hill having passed an entrance test, but will generally have a mixed background in terms of Art and Design. As a result the aims in the first year at Camp Hill Boys is to bring all students to a level where they are familiar with basic skills, how to work at secondary level and manage expectations from the Art department staff. 

Autumn Term

Still Life:

  • Formal Elements in Art
  • Observational drawing skills using pencil, charcoal and chalk
  • Introduction to artist analysis - Giorgio Morandi
  • Colour Theory
  • Abstract Art and Still life
  • Patrick Heron Artist research and analysis
  • Painting: colour mixing and application of paint

Spring Term

Sweets and Treats Part 1:

  • Exploration of artists inspired by food (Pop Art and Sarah Graham)
  • Observational drawing (pencil, pencil crayon)
  • Refinement of painting skills
  • Experimentation with printmaking

Summer Term

End of year Exam Project: Sweets and Treats Part 2 (2D to 3D)

  • Observational drawing.
  • Artist research and analysis – Claes Oldenburg
  • Development of design ideas
  • 3D development of Clay cupcakes and sweet treats


Year 8

Autumn Term

SCI-FI Movie Posters:

  • Mark making
  • Concept Art
  • Careers within the creative industry
  • Rules of composition
  • Digital composition planning of poster
  • Final poster created using pen and mixed media

Spring Term

Fantasy Fish:

  • Develop observational drawing techniques
  • Experiment with pattern (zentangles) and texture (mark making and printing, paint)
  • Respond to the work of Vincent Scarpace

Summer Term

End of year exam project: Under the Sea

  • Drawing and designing
  • Artist research and analysis
  • Experimentation and problem-solving
  • 3D cardboard Creatures working collaboratively (made after the exam)

Year 9

Autumn Term

Cultural Identity:

  • What is cultural identity?
  • Exploration of the work by Barbara Walker and Bisa Butler (linking to SMCS)
  • Artist research and analysis
  • Artist copy
  • Development of personal response
  • Selecting appropriate materials and techniques  (Drawing, painting, ink, biro etc)

Spring Term

Plastic Oceans:

  • Cross curricular with Geography
  • Using Art as a message to highlight current issues
  • Drawing and recording visually using a range of materials
  • Coral clay sculptures inspired by the work of Courtney Mattison
  • Collaborative final piece

Summer Term

End of year exam project: Environments

Architecture and Photography

  • Observational drawings and photographs of the school and local environment
  • David Hockney Joiners
  • Development of personal response using appropriate materials

Studying Art at KS4 (Years 10 and 11)

GCSE AQA Exam Board

Core Aims: Develop experience, quality, independence and creativity

In GCSE Art and design students are expected to complete 2 main units of work; Unit 1 Portfolio of work worth 60% of the overall GCSE and Unit 2 an Externally Set Assignment (ESA) from the examination board (AQA) worth 40% of the overall GCSE. 

In order for students to be prepared for the ESA they must be independent and able to adapt to different themes. Over the course of the GCSE students will be encouraged to take creative risks and become less dependent on direction from the teacher, which will also prepare them for studying Art at A level should they choose to.

Students will be given an A3 sketchbook to work in but will also be expected to work on larger scales and with a range of media where appropriate. Once a year students will be taken on an invaluable Art trip to London or another major city to visit national galleries and experience Artwork first hand that can directly inform their developing coursework. Students may also be encouraged to visit local galleries and Art schemes outside of school.

It is expected that students will work on their projects outside the classroom. As with KS3, where materials and facilities are problematic for students, the Art room will be available at lunchtimes.

Year 10

Over the two-year course students will be developing imaginatively and creatively, being taught more advanced skills, processes and techniques while growing in confidence and independence. The intention in year 10 is to expose students to new and more technically challenging skills in more controlled and guided projects. In the first two terms we explore a variety of skills, techniques and processes based around the theme of 'Nature', while developing students' awareness of the assessment objectives and criteria, giving them an understanding of how to successfully work through a GCSE project. Each project will meet the four assessment criteria and result in a completed outcome for each student. This project will form one element of the portfolio of work for unit one as a sustained investigation.

Following from the Nature project students will then work on a second project with an even greater emphasis on independence. They will be able to select the theme for this project and will use their knowledge, skills and understanding from the previous project, while also exploring new artists and techniques to develop ideas and work towards creating a final outcome.

Year 11

In year 11 students will, generally speaking, have less time to complete course work taking into account ESA and other examinations / examination study leave etc. In term 1 students will continue to work on their second project started in Year 10 and will complete this. At this stage the role of teacher becomes more that of tutor with students receiving tuition and feedback on a one to one basis. Feedback for students will be very individual and tailored to their own needs. In the second term students will start their externally set assignment given by the examinations board and will work through this in the same way they have during the course of the year. They should build on their strengths, while also experiment with appropriate skills and techniques in preparation of the 10 hour exam during which they will produce their final outcome

Studying Art at KS5 (Years 12 and 13)

A2 AQA Exam Board

Core Aims: Develop innovation, confidence, individuality, and drive

One of the key tenants of being successful at A-Level is being independent. Students will be taught advanced skills, techniques and processes while at the same time being strongly encouraged to become independent and to develop a personal and original style.

AS Level

Students will spend the first part of the year exploring abstract possibilities while learning to adapt, control and manipulate formal elements. They do this while working to the theme of Identity. In the spring term, after a one to one session, students discuss and develop their own working title for their personal investigation. Throughout the course of the year students will be expected to contribute to group critiques sharing opinions and supporting each other in their creative practices. As part of the course students will be encouraged to view and experience Art works first-hand in galleries within the UK and will also have the opportunity to go on one international trip to support their studies. Students will be given feedback and support on a one to one basis and will produce work in either an A3 (or larger) sketchbook or a portfolio, depending on individual needs. 

Year 13

In the final year of A-level students will work independently based on a theme and topic of their choice, as decided in year 12. Students are required to submit a proposal for study and will receive one to one support throughout the course of the year. Students will be taught skills and techniques tailored to their needs and based on individual project developments. In addition to practical work and development, students will undertake a written component of the course (1000-3000 words). Students in their final A level year will be expected to take a key role in their own display of work for moderation and exhibition at the end of the year before examination leave. Overall students will be expected to work at the highest possible levels for their age and expected to demonstrate creativity flair and imagination

Resources and the Department

Head of Department: Mrs Gemma Smith
Teacher of Art: Mrs Kate Hodges

The art room is resourced with typical materials associated with Art and design such as pencils, paints, brushes etc. Below is a list of the main additional resources or equipment that is available at Camp Hill Boys:

  • A2 Photo screen printing exposure unit and screens
  • A1 Screen/stencil printing facilities and screens
  • Mount cutters and framing equipment
  • 10 – 15 (approx.) full size painting easels
  • 5 desktop computers
  • 2 digital projectors + 2 interactive whiteboard
  • 1 photocopier / scanner / printer
  • 1 tabletop print press
  • 1 kiln
  • Electric pottery wheel

The Art department consists of 2 main areas – 2 x teaching rooms with one extended computer / ICT area.


The Art department is in the process of developing a range of extra-curricular activities and support for students across all key stages. The purpose of which is to encourage and enthuse those students who maybe struggling or feel they need additional help within art, to push and challenge those that have a particular interest in the subject, to allow students to catch up on work that they may have missed and to give students access to materials and resources that may not be available at home.

The atmosphere during lunch time sessions is relaxed and it provides the students with opportunities to be collaborative in forms that lessons do not allow e.g. sharing ideas with students of different year groups.

Current Extra-Curricular activities within school include:

  • KS3 Art Club - Friday Week A lunchtime
  • Sketchbook Circle - Tuesday Week B lunchtime
  • Open door drop in sessions Monday – Thursday lunchtimes

Current Extra-Curricular activities outside of school include:

  • Visits to London national galleries (Saatchi, National Portrait, Tate, Tate Modern)
  • Local Gallery visits (New Art Gallery, Ikon, BMAG)
  • Year 8 visit to the Warner Brothers Studio Tour (link to Movie Poster project and creative careers)
  • International KS5 Art trip to Berlin - cross-curricular links with RS, History and German

Future plans for extra-curricular activities include:

  • Parent/ guardian workshops
  • KS5 Life Drawing Classes
  • Animation club
  • Photography club


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