Art and Design (D&T)

Art and Design

The Art and Design Department at HPS is dedicated to nurturing critical thinking and visual literacy. Students are encouraged to communicate ideas and meanings through a curriculum, which is designed to foster independence by differentiated and self-directed work. Students work with traditional and new media and are encouraged to experiment, persevere and arrive at their own personal solution while promoting skill building, confidence, imagination and creativity.

Incorporating art history and contemporary art, craft and design into the curriculum exposes students to global awareness and viewpoints other than their own. Students reflect critically on both their own work and that of other people’s work, so that they develop an appreciation of art, craft and design through the judgement of quality, skill and meaning. At Primary level, students study artists and designers who link with their topic-based learning.  This supports the cross-curricular approach to learning.  At Secondary level, students learn about and respond to artists who link to the project focus, which may be media, technique or subject matter.

As a department we want to promote a love for Art and for learning that can be translated into any future career path..

ART and D&T KS1 and KS2

Click here to read the KS1 and KS2 Primary Art Curriculum

Click here to read the KS1 and KS2 Primary DT Curriculum

ART and D&T KS3

Year 7

Incredible Insects

Observation techniques; how to use tone to show form; using marks to create texture.

Drawing from imagination.

Artist study:  Ergan Inan,  Duncan Cameron and Julianne Long.

D&T Textiles: Soft juggling balls.

Types of fabric, simple seams.  Types of motion in a sewing machine.

Hot Houses

Exploring colour theory.

Use of geometric shapes to create patterns.

One point perspective.  

3D construction techniques; translating 2D designs to 3D.  Painting techniques.

Artist study: Memphis design and post modernism , Camille Walala.

D&T Graphics: charity collection box.

Link with R.E.


Use of photography and printing techniques.

Exploring mixed media, frottage and collage.

Artist study: Mark Hearld and Max Ernst.

D&T Structures: types of bridges.  Forces link with science.

Year 8

Portraits and Frankenstein

Drawing from observation: self portraits.

Drawing from imagination.

Use of textiles: hand embroidery and simple applique.  Link with English

Artist study: Tim Burton, Junker Jane, Andrew Dyrdhal and Picasso.

D&T: V&A Innovate National Schools Challenge.

A colourful Life

Drawing from observation: still life.

Colour theory: tints and shades.

Repeat pattern design.

Artist study:African wax prints, Michael Craig Martin and Patrick Caulfield.


D&T Textiles: Design and make a cushion

Types of fabric; simple seams, button holes and applique.


Why do we draw? Mixed media techniques; marbling.

Ceramics final piece.  Link with science (inheritance).

Artist study: Laura Katherine McMilllan, Leisa Rich, Ernst Haeckel and Bruce Riley.


D&T Graphics:  Pop up books and cards.

Mechanisms: levers and linkages.

Year 9

Graffiti and street art.

Exploring art with a message.  Typography.

Links with Geography.

Artist study: Shepard Fairey, Banksy, Bob and Roberta Smith.

D&T: V&A Innovate National Schools Challenge

A sense of place.

Architecture project.

Artist study: John Piper and Ian Murphy.

D&T Textiles: tote bag; types of fabric; fabric lamination; hems and patch pockets.

Product design: Are you sitting comfortably?  Chair design and prototype modelling.

Sugar Rush

Drawing from observation.  Painting techniques; blending and layering paint. 

Composition rules and layout.

Artist study: Sarah Graham, Joel Penkman and Wayne Thiebaud.

D&T Graphics: packaging design for a new snack item.

Logo design; colour association; isometric drawing.

Food and nutrition: healthy snacks.

Art and Design GCSE

Examination Board:



Component 2: 40%

This is an Externally Set Assignment (set by the exam board) with preparation time.  The preparation time is approximately 10 weeks of school lessons and independent homework. This assignment ends with the final artwork being created in a focused period of 10 hours, working under exam conditions.

Component 1, Coursework: 60%

This is a Portfolio which includes Art projects studied from Year 10 which requires students to include the following:

Develop ideas â€Â e.g. how your ideas progress, research artists and show their influence within your own work.  Investigate ideas through a range of sources, for example a museum/gallery visit.

Refine â€Â e.g. how you make changes, modify and conclude your ideas, skilfulness, accuracy and attention to detail. Experimenting with a range of media and processes.

Recording – e.g. drawings, paintings and photography, secondary and primary observations.  Annotation in sketchbooks.

Present â€Â e.g. presentation in sketchbooks and conclusion of 2D or 3D work in response to your research.

All students will be expected to complete 3 hours per week of independent work outside of school lessons.

What will you learn?

Essentially ‘formal elements of art’, painting and drawing, 2D and 3D experiences, art history and contemporary art practice. However, you may also experience printmaking and sculpture, photography, model making and computer image manipulation, surface pattern design and textiles, graphic novels. In fact, almost anything that can be thought of as ‘creative’.

Who is this course for? (This will suit you if…)

This course would suit people who are passionate about Art and Design and being creative.  You should study GCSE Art and Design if you are planning to have a career in a creative capacity. It is important to note that Art at GCSE level is the Foundation to bigger and more focused art forms. If you think you want to work with fashion, the expectation for further study is to have Art and Design at GCSE level, as with architecture and games design CAD.

The course is also for students who have interest and genuinely enjoy being creative. It is an intense world out there and creative openâ€Âminded people are highly desired in all careers and industries. Being creative is a lifelong skill and can be used in everyday situations. Creativity can impact on emotional intelligence, ability to become a risk taker, improve your handâ€Âeye coordination as well as awakening your senses.

What Happens When You Finish? (Career Pathway)

Some will do an A Level in Art and others will undertake a oneâ€Âyear Foundation course before commencing an Art degree.



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