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Art & Design

Mount Carmel’s Art department is dedicated to the enrichment of students’ creative awareness and independent learning.

Students experience all disciplines of art including drawing and painting, printmaking, 3D construction including ceramics, textiles, collage and graphic design.

The department has a computer suite which runs industry standard design software. It also has an interactive touch screen whiteboard ensuring that learning is fun and creative.

Art History is built into schemes of work, enabling students to understand and appreciate the world around them. All students will have the opportunity to work with artisits in residence and attend gallery visits during their time at Mount Carmel.

Key Stage 3

During Years 7-9, students will learn the formal elements of art including perspective, proportion, drawing skills and shading techniques. They will use these tools as foundations to each project throughout the year, developing their skills from year to year. Students will work in sketchbooks to produce their research and development work at the start of the project, which will then culminate into a final piece of work in either 2D or 3D form. The Key Stage 3 curriculum is designed to ease the transition into studying Art at GCSE. In most projects students will learn about an artist or art movement and will base their work around them.

Examples of artists studied are:

  • Hundertwasser  – Landscapes
  • Dali & Magritte – Surrealism
  • Modigliani – Portraits
  • Barbara Kruger – Issues based work
  • Claes Oldenburg – Pop Art
  • James Rizzi – Illustration
  • Picasso – Cubism
  • Blosfeldt – Organic Vessels

GCSE Art & Design

The GCSE course is broad exploring practical Art & Design which includes investigating the history of art and artists relevant to a theme. Pupils work in a wide range of media, processes, new media and technologies to produce work in 2D and/or 3D.
Pupils will produce a portfolio of work which includes practical and contextual work (study of art and artists) in a minimum of two of the following endorsements (styles of studies).

  1. Art and Design – work in a wide range of media
  2. Fine Art – drawing, painting, mixed media, print making, lens based media
  3. Graphic Communication – illustration, advertising, package design, design for print
  4. Three Dimensional Design – sculpture, exhibition art


The examination consists of the following components:

A portfolio of work on three themes. In Year 10 the pupils cover two themes set by the teacher. In year 11 the pupils work on their own chosen theme and style.
Worth 60% of the total mark

Externally set task:
This is set by the exam board and will be completed during the spring term of Year 11.

Pupils will choose their own starting point from the list. They will be required to prepare sketch book studies and a final personal response/piece.

Preparation time – spring term
Personal response – 10 hours under supervision
40% of total mark

During the course the pupil will build on their Key Stage 3 experience, work in sketch books and on design sheets to produce their own work.

The portfolio and set task are assessed internally against four objectives and then externally moderated by the exam board.

We currently have 4 computers, a 3D printer and an A3 colour printer for pupils to use in Art.

Art is a subject that will help develop a pupil’s creative thought and expression. It helps to enhance a pupil’s analytical, visual, tactile, sensory abilities and experiences. Art & Design enables us to become critical and discerning consumers. It will develop your visual skills and self expression, you will use your imagination, explore feelings to create your own compositions. Pupils will be able to purchase a good quality sketch book from school.

Career Paths:
Art & design courses in a range of areas: Graphic Design, Fine Art, Textiles & Fashion, A Level Art, BTEC.

Graphic Designer, Printer, Architect, Illustrator, Fashion Designer, Product Design, Artist, Teacher, as well as Art for Pleasure and Relaxation

View - Expressive Arts Schemes of Learning