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Art and Photography

Subject Leader: Ms Amanda Ford

amanda.ford@queenkatherine.org

Art and Photography at QKS

We encourage students to develop their investigating, designing, making and evaluating skills by thinking and intervening creatively.


As students progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. Art provides a variety of sensory experiences and a unique way of understanding and responding to the world. It enables students to communicate what they see, feel and think through exploring different ideas and themes. Students learn to make informed judgements and aesthetic and practical decisions. They explore ideas and meanings through the work of artists and designers. Through learning about the roles and functions of art, they can explore the impact it has had on contemporary life and that of different times and cultures. The appreciation and enjoyment of the visual arts enriches all our lives.

Key Stage 3

Students begin with a foundation unit, where we recap and explore ideas in drawing and colour theory and complete two themed units of work.

By the end of Year 8, students will have explored a range of exciting themes allowing them to experiment and develop skills and ideas in both two and three dimensions, in a variety of media, techniques and processes.

In Year 9, students can choose to take Art and Photography together as an option choice. During the year, three different themes are explored, involving a range of Art and Photography skills: Research and Investigation, 2D to 3D and Body Art and Image. Students will begin to explore the work of artists and photographers, research and present information in a sketchbook and create a range of practical work and final pieces in different media.

Year 7 Art Summary

Year 8 Summary

Year 9 Summary 

Key Stage 4

At GCSE students can choose from two different qualifications and will build upon prior knowledge and skills gained in KS3.

  • Art and Design
  • Art and Design (Photography)

Students are expected to demonstrate skills in researching, experimentation, development of ideas, recording and presenting personal and meaningful outcomes. Coursework units (60%) are completed for both Art and Photography. Students will present a body of work in a sketchbook/work journal, along with larger-scale final outcomes in a portfolio. An externally set assignment (40%) is set in January of year 11; students create a body of preparatory work leading to a 10-hour practical exam.

Year 10 Art Summary

Year 10 Photography Summary

Year 11 Art Summary

Year 11 Photography Summary

Exam board:

AQA: Art

GCSE Art Specification

AQA: Photography

GCSE Photography Specification

Enrichment Opportunities

  • Art and Photography Club
  • Open Department every lunchtime all year groups
  • GCSE after school club on Monday and Thursday
  • Various Artist/Workshops for all years throughout the year
  • GCSE Visits to Tate Liverpool and changing venues each Year