Art & Design

Our Art & Design Team

An Introduction to Art & Design

The Ribblesdale Key Stage 3 curriculum for art and design aims to ensure that all pupils produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences.  Pupils become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques.  They evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design.  They are introduced to great artists, craft makers and designers and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms

Year 7

Colour Theory
Keith Haring – Change for Life
Gustav Klimt – pattern and colour
The Cartoon Crowd

Year 8

Hundertwasser – The Environment
African Art
Bugs – pattern design
Matt Kauffenburg – Illustration

Year 9

Pop Art
Buildings and Cell structure – stitch and print.

Key Stage 4 – GCSE Art and Design / Textiles

With two components, comprising a ‘Portfolio’ selected from the course of study and an ‘Externally set assignment’, the specification provides our pupils with a range of creative, exciting and stimulating opportunities to develop and explore their personal interests in Art and Design and Textiles.

Vibrant and dynamic, this qualification gives our pupils the freedom to develop their own ideas and experiment in a variety of media that inspire and bring out the best in all our pupils, whilst equipping them with the skills to continue the subject with confidence at AS, A-level and beyond.

Component 1 – Portfolio of work 60%
Assessment objectives (AOs)    
Component 1 Component 2
AO1 15 10 25
AO2 15 10 25
AO3 15 10 25
AO4 15 10 25
Overall weighting of components 60 40 100


Assessment objectives (AOs) are set by Ofqual and are the same across all GCSE Art and Design specifications and all exam boards.

The exams and non-exam assessment will measure how pupils have achieved the following assessment objectives.

  • AO1: Develop ideas through investigations, demonstrating critical understanding of sources.
  • AO2: Refine work by exploring ideas, selecting and experimenting with appropriate media, materials, techniques and processes.
  • AO3: Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions as work progresses.
  • AO4: Present a personal and meaningful response that realises intentions and demonstrates understanding of visual language.