Churston Ferrers Grammar School

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Art & Design

Head of Department: Mrs M Harris

Department team:

  • Mrs J Downing
  • Mrs J Green
  • Mrs V Lewis
  • Mrs S Mires 

Art & Design embodies some of the highest forms of human creativity. We have a high level of success within the Art department at Churston. Art is a popular subject within the school and the Art rooms are always alive with activity and buzzing with students – at lunchtimes as well as during lessons. A high-quality art and design education should engage, inspire and challenge students, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art. They should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture and creativity of society. 

Our curriculum at Churston: 

Challenges all students to be the best that they can become.

• Provide students with core knowledge required to be successful.

• Develops students who are resilient: creative, reflective and lifelong learners.

• Is coherent and draws links between cross curricular themes.

• Provides learning that accelerates our students’ understanding of the world around them.

• Equips our students with ambition and aspirations so that they become happy and successful members of society.

• Enables students to have a range of qualifications that facilitate their next steps in their education and career.

What we do

Students study art through a rich variety of project themes; they are given the opportunity to experience

different approaches to art and design through both historical and contemporary artists.

  • Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) 

Year 7

Year 8

Autumn 1

Colour in Landscapes:

  • Historical & contemporary artist research.
  • Colour theory
  • Media exploration


  • What is typography (C)
  • Research individual themes
  • Banksy artist research

Autumn 2

  • Formal elements in art
  • Mark making in a range of media
  • Perspective in landscape/ rule of thirds
  • Perspective block lettering
  • 3D direct observational lettering drawing
  • Research into contemporary illustrator Moshik Nadav
  • Food wrapper collage

Spring 1

  • Oil pastel techniques
  • Final outcome: oil pastel landscape
  • Evaluation of unit
  • Watercolour introduction &  experimentation
  • Viewfinder design selection.
  • Final outcome: food typography in watercolour
  • Evaluation of unit

Spring 2

Fayum Mummies & Contemporary Portraiture (C)

  • Historical & contemporary artist research
  • Self portrait
  • Proportions of human face
  • Drawing of facial features

Plastic Ocean (S)

  • Plastic pollution/ waste/ recycling
  • Contemporary artist research.
  • Artist personal response piece in paint
  • Drawing: sea creature

Summer 1

  • Line drawing face: grid system
  • Skintones; collage and paint
  • Introduction to poster paint
  • Mark making & zentangle
  • Pencil blending
  • 3D artists: Damien Hirst & Yoh Nagoo
  • Design ideas/plan of making

Summer 2

  • Lucien Freud artist research
  • Final outcome; painted self portrait
  • Evaluation of unit
  • Modelling & collection of recycled materials
  • Backgrounds: marbling/texture/spray; Alexis America artist
  • Final outcome; 3D sea creature
  • Evaluation of unit