Bingley Grammar School

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Art & Design

At Bingley Grammar we aim to teach students how to be independent learners; to be creative, to develop critical analysis skills, to be reflective practitioners, to cultivate self-discipline and to be intrinsically motivated.

Sixth Form Art 02 webThe Art and Design department aims to provide a broad and enriching artistic experience through the study of a wide range of image making styles, materials and techniques. Students will learn and apply visualisation skills, research and analyse the work of other artists, develop creative thinking and problem solving skills and learn how to experiment in order to realise their ideas and achieve successful outcomes. Students are encouraged to take creative risks and to be as imaginative, creative and original as possible when applying the skills they have learned.

Image making skills are practiced and developed at KS3 through schemes of work that are accessible yet challenging. Portraiture, landscape art, the birth of abstraction, non-western art, street art and sculpture with recycled materials are among the topics covered. Students are asked to use unfamiliar materials and think about new and exciting approaches to the subject. Research exposes them to a variety of interesting Artists – both traditional and contemporary - that demonstrate a chronology of artistic ideas that puts Art and Design into a context that students can understand and be challenged and inspired by. Fine art, sculpture, graphic design and printmaking all feature as key elements.

In KS3, students also study Graphic Design. This is part of a carousel of subjects (an 8-11 week block). Graphics is also taught in Year 9 as part of the Art & Design GCSE.


KS4 Exam Board Specification: AQA GCSE Art and Design: Art, Craft and Design

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The department runs Art Club on Thursdays after school where students in all years have the freedom to create personal work and experiment with different materials. We also offer subject specific support sessions for students in Years 10, 11, 12 and 13. We hold art and photographic competitions and encourage our students to engage their creativity.

Curriculum Overview

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Shading and Tone

Aboriginal Art


Design and produce a mock up of Chocolate packaging.

Viewpoints and Cubism

Landscape and Hockney

Non-western Art from other Cultures

Design and produce Mexican Inspired Food Packaging.

Natural Form

Term 1 - Mood Board based on the work of David Carson and Menu and Menu holder(again David Carson)
Term 2 - Designing an illustration for a food magazine
Term 3 - Design a poster to advertise a local place of interest

Year 10

Year 11

Street Art



Personal Exam Response (externally set task)

Useful Resources and Revision SupportIMG_5991

Link to Specification

Tate Modern

National Portrait Gallery