St. Joseph's Catholic College




The Art department at St Joseph's looks to develop pupil's creativity and imagination through gaining skills, knowledge and understanding of the subject.

Underpinning this we base our unique curriculum on the 2 principles of:

  • Experience - The personal reaction we have to art works and the world around us and how we process this through our own art work, our visual literacy skills and our emotive reactions.
  • Relationships - All teaching and experience is based on positive relationships; a positive and engaging classroom learning environment, personal and constructive feedback to students, the relationships with peers and the relationship with our art work.

Each student's work is:

  • Underpinned by observational drawing
  • Taught a wide variety of skills from painting to printmaking
  • Given the opportunity to produce 3D work
  • Given the opportunity to explore new technologies
  • Given the opportunity to express their views and feelings though their work

At KS3 we also work on the 4 big ideas that provide a sound base for further study at KS4. The ideas are:

  1. DEVELOP – how we understand the work of others and use it on our own work

  2. EXPERIMENT- how we use materials and media to expand our experience

  3. RECORD – how we record our ideas

  4. RESPOND – how we create a response to a given stimulus, theme or subject


Course Outlines

Key Stage 3:

Year 7: The Object – Year 7 students use ‘The Object’ as a starting point for skill and idea development. The program of study aims to develop practical fluency with traditional drawing, printmaking and 3D techniques, while encouraging creative higher thinking skills.

Year 8: Fantastic and Strange – Year 8 students explore ‘Disguise’ as a way of introducing new concepts and a range of artist influences. Students build upon the formal skills learnt in Year 7, exploring drawing for design and purpose with one and two point perspective, pattern and abstraction in textile design and print and 3D mask construction techniques.

Year 9: Personal Perspectives – Year 9 students explore thier own independance more as a way of developing creative relationships with each other and the artists that influence them. The program of study is designed to support the transition from KS3 into GCSE level study and students are challenged with rich conceptual influences and encouraged to research their own influences effectively. Contextual development is taught concurrently with a higher level of skill development in colour theory, pattern and print based textile design, architectural space and 3D construction.

Key Stage 4: 

  • GCSE Art and Design – The GCSE Art and Design program of study provides students with opportunities to grow as artists both technically and conceptually. Skills are taught and refined early on alongside contextual references. As the course progresses, students are provided with opportunities to develop their own interests through an unendorsed program that encompasses the full sphere of visual arts, including Fine Art, 3D and Sculpture, and Graphics.

  • GCSE Textiles – The GCSE Art Textiles program of study provides students will a full range skill and processes investigating the design process through textures, colours and shape. Students are challenged to create their own garment and underpin this with a sketchbook of research and inspiration. A practical course it covers working with fibres, to pattern cutting and dying techniques.

  • GCSE Graphics – The GCSE Art Graphic Communication course cover Advertising, Photography, Packaging and Branding and Game Design. It creates a platform for students to have a freedom to explore a range of skills that can lead onto a Product Design or a Photography A-level. Students solve a design brief to create their own individual final outcomes.


Image banks for each project can be found on Pinterest -