Teaching & Learning

Art & Design

Do not neglect the gift that is in you, which was given to you through prophecy with the laying on of hands by the council of elders. Put these things into practice, devote yourself to them, so that all may see your progress. 

1 Timothy 4:14-15 

curriculum intent

The intent of the Art and Design curriculum at Cardinal Newman Catholic School is to encourage and inspire creative expression as well as develop natural abilities and skills. This is achieved by introducing a variety of branches of Art and Design, to offer experiences suitable for every individual. The department provides a learning environment which takes into consideration each student’s needs and abilities, while having high expectations of all. The curriculum is designed to offer challenge, progression and variety.  

Our students will: 

  • Develop and gain confidence in their creative ability and technological capability. 
  • Learn about designers, artists and craftspeople, as well as learn to appreciate, respond to and respect the views of other individuals and cultures. 
  • To develop skills in problem-solving, presentation, organisation, self-discipline, critical analysis, communication and technology. 
  • To improve their visual awareness by developing their observational skills including expressive and technical drawing. 
  • Explore manual dexterity through structured experimentation with a variety of materials and equipment with due regard for health and safety. 
  • Gain awareness of their cultural heritage and an understanding of the importance of art and design in today’s society. 
  • Be prepared for national examinations. 
  • Be given advice on subject choices and career paths, linking to Art and Design. 
curriculum overview: ARt

 

 

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Year 10

Year 11

Year 12

Year 13

HT1

Formal Elements

Record from Observation

Mark Making

African Cultures

Record from Observation

Mark Making through pattern/print

Icons/Street Art

Record from Observation

Contextual Studies

Skills Workshop

Experimenting with media

Developing Ideas

Personal Investigation Part 2

Skills Workshop

Experimenting with media

Developing Ideas

Personal Investigation Part 2

HT2

Formal Elements

Contextual Studies

Experimenting with media

African Cultures

Contextual Studies

Developing Ideas

Icons/Street Art

Experimenting with media

Developing Ideas

Skills Workshop

Experimenting with media

Developing Ideas

Personal Investigation Part 2

Skills Workshop

Experimenting with media

Developing Ideas

Personal Investigation Part 2

HT3

Formal Elements
Developing Idea
Personal Response

African Cultures

Personal Responses

Icons/Street Art

Personal Response

Personal Investigation (60% coursework)

NEA Preparation

Personal Investigation (60% coursework)

NEA Preparation

HT4

Environment
Colour Theory
Contextual Studies

 

Viewpoints

Record from Observation

Contextual Studies

Mini Personal Investigation

Contextual Studies

Record from Observation

Personal Investigation (60% coursework)

NEA Preparation

Personal Investigation (60% coursework)

NEA Preparation

HT5

Environment

Record from Observation

Explore and experiment materials

Viewpoints

Explore and experiment materials

Developing ideas

 

Mini Personal Investigation

Explore and experiment materials

Personal Investigation (60% coursework)

NEA Preparation

Related Study
(60% coursework)

 

HT6

Environment

Developing ideas

Personal Response

 

Viewpoints

Personal Response

Mini Personal Investigation

Developing ideas

Personal Response

 

 

 

Related Study

 

 

curriculum overview: Graphics

 

 

Year 7 

Year 8 

Year 9 

Year 10 

Year 11 

HT1 

Bag Tag 

On rotation 

 

Type Testing 

On rotation 

Typography workshops 

Typography workshops 

Coursework 

HT2 

Bag Tag 

On rotation 

 

Type Testing 

On rotation 

Typography workshops 

Coffee shop logo 

Coursework 

HT3 

Bag Tag 

On rotation 

 

Type Testing 

On rotation 

Poster Design / Magazine layout 

Food Illustration 

Exam preparation 

HT4 

Bag Tag 

On rotation 

 

Type Testing 

On rotation 

Album covers 

Visit Luton 

Exam preparation  

HT5 

Bag Tag 

On rotation 

 

Type Testing 

On rotation 

Album covers 

Coursework 

Exam 

HT6 

Bag Tag 

On rotation 

 

 

Type Testing 

On rotation 

Illustration 

Coursework 

 

 

curriculum overview: resistant materials

 

Year 7 

Year 8 

Year 9 

Year 10 

Year 11 

HT1 

 

Mobile phone holder 

 

 

Mechanical toy 

 

Wood joints, 

Pine storage box, 

Drawing skills 

BTEC 

First Award level 1/2 in Art and Design 

Unit 4 – Communicating ideas in 3D 

 

Drawing skills 

BTEC 

Unit 3 Communicating ideas in 2D 

 

Drawing skills 

HT2 

 

Repeats with class rotations 

 

 

Repeats with class rotations 

 

Drawing skills 

Pine storage box 

Unit 4 – Communicating ideas in 3D 

 

Drawing skills 

Unit 3 Communicating ideas in 2D 

 

Drawing skills 

HT3 

 

 

 

 

 

Drawing skills, Pewter casting 

Unit 1 - Introduction to specialist pathways in Art and Design 

 

Drawing skills 

 

Unit 2 Exam Prep 

HT4 

 

 

 

 

Drawing skills 

Foot stool / table 

 

Unit 1 - Introduction to specialist pathways in Art and Design 

 

Drawing skills 

 

Unit 2 Exam 

HT5 

 

 

 

 

Drawing skills 

Foot stool / table 

 

Unit 1 - Introduction to specialist pathways in Art and Design 

 

Drawing skills 

 

Study leave 

HT6 

 

 

 

 

Drawing skills 

Foot stool / table 

 

Unit 1 - Introduction to specialist pathways in Art and Design 

 

Drawing skills 

 

Study leave 

curriculum overview: textiles

 

Year 7 

Year 8 

Year 9 

HT1 

‘African Art’- cultural project. Exploring African patterns, colours, textures and textiles techniques. 

Experiment and explore with textiles embellishment techniques.  Basic construction skill and fundamental sewing machine skills.  

Product evaluation and product testing. 

Final outcome: Roll up pencil case. 

‘Save the frog’- environmental project. Exploring environmental issues and dangers for amphibians mainly frogs.  

Experiment and explore textiles embellishment techniques and typography. 

 Introduction to the block printing using linoleum. 

Development of sewing machine skills. Product evaluation and product testing. 

Final outcome: T-shirt.  

‘Surface decoration’- skill based project.  

Exploring Art Deco patterns, colours themes and textures. Design, create, develop, test and evaluate different textiles techniques, processes and approaches.  

Re- visit observational skills using formal elements.  

Final outcome: ‘Textiles bible,’ sketchbook with sample of different techniques. 

 

 

HT2 

‘African Art’- cultural project. Exploring African patterns, colours, textures and textiles techniques. 

Experiment and explore with textiles embellishment techniques.  Basic construction skill and fundamental sewing machine skills.  

Product evaluation and product testing. 

Final outcome: Roll up pencil case. 

 

 

‘Save the frog’- environmental project. Exploring environmental issues and dangers for frogs.  

Experiment and explore textiles embellishment techniques and typography. 

 Introduction to the block printing using linoleum. 

Development of sewing machine skills. Product evaluation and product testing. 

Final outcome: T-shirt. 

‘Surface decoration’ -skill based project.  

Exploring Art Deco patterns, colours themes and textures. Design, create, develop, test and evaluate different textiles techniques, processes and approaches.  

Re- visit observational skills using formal elements.  

Final outcome: ‘Textiles bible,’ sketchbook with sample of different techniques. 

HT3 

‘African Art’- cultural project. Exploring African patterns, colours, textures and textiles techniques. 

Experiment and explore with textiles embellishment techniques.  Basic construction skill and fundamental sewing machine skills.  

Product evaluation and product testing. 

Final outcome: Roll up pencil case. 

 

 

‘Save the frog’- environmental project. Exploring environmental issues and dangers for amphibians mainly frogs.  

Experiment and explore textiles embellishment techniques and typography. 

 Introduction to the block printing using  linoleum. 

Development of sewing machine skills. Product evaluation and product testing. 

Final outcome:  Environmental T-shirt. 

‘Design a corset’- fashion project 

Introduction to construction and modelling techniques of 19th century. Development of designing and making skills. Further exploration of Art Deco fashion. Product evaluation and product testing. 

Final outcome:  Unique Corset 

 

HT4 

‘African Art’- cultural project. Exploring African patterns, colours, textures and textiles techniques. 

Experiment and explore with textiles embellishment techniques.  Basic construction skill and fundamental sewing machine skills.  

Product evaluation and product testing. 

Final outcome: Roll up pencil case. 

 

 

‘Save the frog’- environmental project. Exploring environmental issues and dangers for amphibians mainly frogs.  

Experiment and explore textiles embellishment techniques and typography. 

 Introduction to the block printing using linoleum. 

Development of sewing machine skills. Product evaluation and product testing. 

Final outcome: T-shirt. 

‘Design a corset’- fashion project 

Introduction to construction and modelling techniques Development of designing and making skills. Further exploration of Art Deco fashion. Product evaluation and product testing. 

Final outcome: Unique Corset 

 

HT5 

‘African Art’- cultural project. Exploring African patterns, colours, textures and textiles techniques. 

Experiment and explore with textiles embellishment techniques.  Basic construction skill and fundamental sewing machine skills.  

Product evaluation and product testing. 

Final outcome: Roll up pencil case. 

‘Save the frog’- environmental project. Exploring environmental issues and dangers for amphibians mainly frogs.  

Experiment and explore textiles embellishment techniques and typography. 

 Introduction to the block printing using linoleum. 

Development of sewing machine skills. Product evaluation and product testing. 

Final outcome: T-shirt. 

‘Design a scrap skirt’- environmental project 

Fashion industry versus environment. 

Recycling fabric when creating a new product.  

Application of prior knowledge from ‘Surface decoration project’. Development of designing and making skills. 

Introduction to contemporary fashion designers.   

Final outcome: Scrap skirt. 

 

HT6 

‘African Art’- cultural project. Exploring African patterns, colours, textures and textiles techniques. 

Experiment and explore with textiles embellishment techniques.  Basic construction skill and fundamental sewing machine skills.  

Product evaluation and product testing. 

Final outcome: Roll up pencil case. 

 

 

‘Save the frog’- environmental project. Exploring environmental issues and dangers for amphibians mainly frogs.  

Experiment and explore textiles embellishment techniques and typography. 

 Introduction to the block printing using linoleum. 

Development of sewing machine skills. Product evaluation and product testing. 

Final outcome: T-shirt. 

‘Design a hanging’- construction based project 

Exploring POP ART patterns, colours themes and textures. Design, create, develop, test and evaluate textiles techniques, processes and approaches.  

Development of observational skills using different media.  

Final outcome: Hanging inspired by POP ART. 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

subject specific information

Art and Design aim to encourage and inspire creative expression as well as develop natural abilities and skills. This is achieved by introducing a variety of branches of Art and Design, to offer experiences suitable for every individual. The department provides a learning environment which takes into consideration each student’s needs and abilities, while having high expectations of all. The curriculum is designed to offer challenge, progression and variety.

Across the four disciplines of Art, Textiles, Graphics and Resistant Materials, students learn to create and design to solve genuine, relevant problems within different contexts, all whilst considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values.

From our two art studios, fully equipped Textiles and Graphics rooms as well as two DT workshops, we try to create an atmosphere of interest and vibrancy by displaying work in every available space, to help show how diverse the subject of Art and Design can be.

We use a variety of materials and ideas to encourage all students to develop their creative skills. For example, one of our classrooms contains our ceramics room which contains our two kilns for the creation of fine pottery and clay work, utilising glazes and finishes to bring their creations to life.

Art and Design staff cover a huge range of topics which involves creating artwork, textile pieces, sculptures, furniture, promotional materials and paintings, all while being inspired by the work of other artists/designers/craftspeople to help inspire our students with their own work. Staff and students are all assisted by our experienced and dedicated Art Technician, Textile Technician and DT Technician.

Meet the Art and Design Technology Department Staff

Mrs K Bignall - Curriculum Leader for Art and Design

Mrs B Kravcova - 
Assistant Curriculum Leader for Art and Design, Teacher of Textiles and Art

Mrs S Smith - Teacher of Art

Mr C Chisunga - Teacher of Resistant Materials

Mr H Khimji - Teacher of Graphic Communications

Mr A Ivey - Art Technician

Mrs R Bufano - Textiles Technician

Mr I Dix - Resistant Materials Technician  

Exam Specifications can be found below:

OCR A Level Art & Design (Fine Art)

OCR GCSE Art & Design (Fine Art)

Year 10 OCR Cambridge National Engineering Design

Eduqas GCSE Textiles and Graphic Comms

BTEC FIirst Award L1&2 in Art and Design

Knowledge Books can be found below:

How to find us

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Warden Hill Rd,
Luton ,
Bedfordshire ,
LU2 7AE