Eaton Bank Academy


Creativity is the combination of intellectual, emotional, aesthetic and spiritual values, informed by a continuum of learning experiences. It is at the core to progress in any field of human endeavor and our aim is to support our students in developing this key life skill.

Through a broad and flexible programme of engaging activities we aim to nurture an understanding and enjoyment of Art and Design. We want to instil in our students a confidence in their own creative impulses and empower them with a critical awareness of their own work within the context of world culture. The facilities, environment and learning experiences that the students can access are some of the best in the County and blend traditional and contemporary approaches with emerging new technologies. Whether it be Fashion Design, Ceramics, Painting, Printing or Photography there is a wealth of opportunities for every student to explore.

We aim to balance the rigour of work and experimentation with the spiritual satisfaction of making new and unique imagery and artefacts. We want to promote passion, purpose and pleasure that combine to create the magic, which is Art in all its forms.


Key Stage 3

The aims of the Art and Design Department at Key Stage 3 are:

  • To develop the ability to perceive, understand and express concepts and feelings in visual and tactile form by establishing the understanding needed to organise and relate abstract notions to practical outcomes.
  • To foster students’ abilities to form, compose and communicate, in two and three dimensions in a systematic and disciplined way in a variety of media.
  • To deliver the skills required to enable each student to identify and solve problems in visual and tactile form and research, select, make and evaluate in a continuum.

At Key Stage 3 we will study:-

 Year 7
Foundation Level Assessment

Mini unit based on lettering, image making and artist research/contextual understanding. 4 weeks duration.

The shoe – Abstraction, core drawing skills, monochrome project, media application and design processes.

The Journey – Group work. Artists Hundertwasser/Aboriginal Art/Mappa Mundi. Colour theory. Ceramic project with focus on pattern, texture and clay techniques.

Fantasy Fish – Construction unit using recycled plastic. Observational drawing and imaginative response. Artistic reference David Edgar. A cross curricular link unit with the Design and Technology Department. Practical work undertaken and supported with a visit to the Blue Planet Aquarium.

Year 8

Portraits – Picasso, Cubism. Drawing skills, paint rendering techniques, Complementary colour theory.

Tribal Masks – Art from other cultures. Exploring facial expression and stylisation. Relief ceramic unit with collagraph print extension.

Recycling – Bugs – Artists David Kemp/David Mach/Dada. Investigating and making art from found ‘hard’ materials. Mixed media construction processes using glue guns, heat guns and spray paints.

At the end of year 8 (June) we run a residential visit for those students considering taking Art or Textiles at GCSE. The residential provides a mini unit of work for the students’ coursework portfolio.

The study of Art and Design will allow students to develop their:

  • Awareness and appreciation of relationships between art, architecture and design and the individual within a historical, social and environmental context.
  • Technical skills, intuitive and imaginative abilities, and critical and analytical faculties.
  • Special aptitudes and interests and foster or encourage confidence, enthusiasm, creativity and a sense of achievement.


Key Stage 3 Assessment

Student attainment is recorded using progress Levels. An explanation of these Levels, personalised targets for each student and an end of Key Stage Target can be found in each student’s sketchbook. These targets are updated each term to provide a personalised summative assessment to support and record each student’s on-going attainment.


Home Learning

How parents can help to support their son’s/daughter’s learning:

  • By asking your child questions about the work being undertaken in school and to support their efforts with homework, which is set when appropriate rather than on a regular timetabled basis.
  • By encouraging your child with any art or craft they produce at home. Ask them to bring such work into school so we can support, praise and reward their independent learning.
  • By encouraging your child to recognise the creative and design processes utilised in a variety of industries which provide possible future career options. These might include computer gaming, website design, television or theatrical production, car design, product design, illustration, fashion ….. to name just a few!
  • By visiting Art Galleries or exhibitions with your child.

If you have any queries, please contact Mr A Moulding –

Key Stage 4

Art & Design

Art & Design at GCSE is an exciting course which builds on your experiences in Years 7-8 but deals with issues in much greater depth.

Across the three-year course you can select whether you wish to focus on the traditional Art and Design skills or alternatively develop your skills in Textiles and Fashion Design. The choice of examination entry can be arrived at after consultation with staff in the second year of the course.

In the first year of the GCSE, a broad spread of activities will take you through the main areas of study to enable you to understand what you are good at and to give you a chance to see what your skills are in painting or sculpture, ceramics, printing or Fashion and Textiles design.  You will find that these are not isolated activities but tend to flow one into another, so a drawing could develop into a piece of sculpture or an article of clothing.  To help this process along, we will be looking at the way real artists work and studying examples of their work. The coursework you produce is classed as your portfolio and there are no restrictions on what you can include with the GCSE syllabus. If you have an interest in photography for example, out of school, this work can be added to your portfolio. You will need to have two full units of work completed across the duration of the GCSE. However, you will also be able to include smaller sets of work, which encourages experimentation and greater risk taking.

In Year 11 you will be confident enough to decide where your strengths lie and a degree of specialism will be encouraged.

The GCSE course consists of:

  • A portfolio of work (worth 60% of the total marks).
  • An externally set project with no time restrictions in terms of preparation time. This includes a 10 hour examination session (worth 40% of the marks). This full project allows you to design and create a piece of art work in the media of your choice which best suits your skills and your way of working.
  • For elements of the course you have to show evidence in your portfolio of the progress of your work, in the form of sketchbooks or worksheets. These should contain preparatory ideas, developed in the form of drawings, sketches, notes, collected photographs and images etc. You also need to show that you are aware of the work of professional artists, designers and craftsmen, past and present.  This information will be gained from art books and periodicals, videos and by art department visits to national collections.

There may also be an opportunity for you to go on an Art trip abroad. We run trips every two years and destinations have included New York, Florence and Barcelona.  Our last trip was to New York. We also run our own Residential Art Weekend in Anglesey in July, which is open to all Yr10 artists. During the course there will be other opportunities to visit galleries and take part in Art/Textiles related activities.

Your progress will be assessed continuously. We hope you will gain a great deal from the course, not only from developing your skills of observation, imagination and design, but also from the personal satisfaction of making work which is original and unique.

Career considerations:

Many of our students wish to look further with a view to pursuing more advanced courses in the future.  We provide AS/A level Art & Design which can lead to a Bachelor of Arts Degree in one of a wide range of Art & Design specialisms leading in turn to a wide range of professional design outlets servicing the Art Industry and Commerce. A few are listed here: Advertising/Graphic Design, Fashion/Textile, Film/Television, Teaching and Fine Art, Theatre, Three Dimensional Design/Industrial Design, Architecture, Computer Graphics, Web Design and Computer Game Development.


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