Art Curriculum Intent

Art, in many forms, tells us of our past, present and future, shaping and influencing our lives in significant ways.

Art has the potential to influence human behaviour. It can evoke emotion and provoke action, shaping the world for good and bad. Art empowers us to notice, question, interact and respond. It is a way of understanding and expressing our existence. Artists use their heads, hands and hearts, to varying degrees, during the creative process. Art appeals to the body and mind. To engage with a work of art a viewer might also employ all their senses. Art can evoke a heightened sense of place and wonder.

Opportunities for play are essential to a child’s development, but as we grow-up purposeful play is often dismissed. Being creative – being able to bring something new and with value into the world – requires a willingness to explore and experiment, to test out expectations and boundaries, to detect new possibilities; to engage with the world with wonder and curiosity. Artists embrace play as a valuable way of understanding the potential of materials, ideas and technologies.

Here at Hebburn Comprehensive Art Department, we encourage our students to play and explore visual, tactile and other sensory experiences to communicate ideas and meanings. They work with traditional and new media, developing confidence, competence, imagination and creativity. We pride ourselves on using a diversity of issues and ideas from which to develop a wide variety of subject specialist skills from. They learn to appreciate and value images and artefacts across times and cultures, and to understand the contexts in which they were made.

Pupils reflect critically on their own and other people’s work, judging quality, value and meaning. They learn to think and act as artists, craftspeople and designers, working creatively, intelligently and independently.

We cultivate partnerships with professional Creatives, including working with ex-students, participating in local exhibitions and competitions, regular visit s to art exhibitions and local colleges, in order to raise pupils’ expectations of potential career paths and to develop an appreciation of art, craft and design, and its role in the creative and cultural industries that enrich our lives. 

Art, Craft & Design 8201 

Key Stage 3

Staff are encouraged (where possible) to select the work of artists reflecting exhibitions, recent events and current affairs, as well as revisiting artists from the past.

Year 7

Term 1

Approaches to drawing

Term 2

Colour and painting

Term 3

What is art? Conceptual and contemporary

Year 8

Term 1

Continuation of Colour and Haapaniemi

Term 2

The Face

Term 3

3D Relief gargoyles/faces

Year 9

Term 1

Word in Art

Term 2

3D lettering sculptures

Term 3


Key Stage 4

Year 10

Dreams, nightmares and fantasies – painting drawing and mixed media

Year 11

Continuation of Geometric project

Identity project

Fashion design
Graphic design
Theatre designer
Video game designer
Museum curator
Product design
Textiles design
Interior design
Fashion and media journalism
Hair and make-up design
Retail design
Exhibition design
Visual media
New technologies are creating a whole new range of courses where art is being used in innovative ways.