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KS4 Art is a time for students to learn the real elements of art and their effects in various artworks including their own. Students will be experimenting with a wide variety of mediums, throughout their time doing GCSE Art in year 10 and will spent year 11 focussing on their own intentions. The aim is to allow students the freedom to discuss what means the most to them, and to create personal meaningful responses to AQA set topics or teacher set starting points.


AQA Art and Design: Fine Art Specification



The course comprises of 60% coursework and 40% exam work, finishing with a 10 hour (2 school day) exam.

Work is marked throughout the course using the grade criteria on the following link:


YearCycle 1Cycle 2Cycle 3Cycle 4

Elements of Art:

-Line – seismic art, line drawing along with music, layered lines, outlines, manipulation of line.

-Shape – Matisse inspired shape work, using figures and scenes to create colourful and interesting layered compositions. Form – Wire sculptures and clay work. Inspired by drawings, 2D to 3D.

Continuation of Elements of Art:

-Value – tonal drawings of objects around them, using varieties of mediums.

-Texture - implied and real texture to be gathered from the places around us.

-Colour - the study of the colour wheel. Students to choose artists that work with complimentary, analogous, split complimentary colours and create inspired work.

Artist study work: Karl Blossfeldt Patrick Caulfield Ernst Haeckle Plus various others.

Students to create large display sheets of work on each of the artists, developing ideas based on research and experimentation. Final outcomes will be personal but will show clear links. Students will be introduced to many varieties of mediums throughout these study pages.

Continuation of Artist Study work.

Artists will be chosen to fit cohort. This will also include visits to galleries and work inspired from these visits. Before summer, a long and sustained project will be launched for the students. The project will be Viewpoints and Identity and should allow students to express their own viewpoints or identities through their work.

11Continuation of viewpoints and identity project until January 1stContinuation of viewpoints and identity project until January 1stExam topics will have been received by the school. Students to choose one of the 7 or 8 topics, and complete a personal and meaningful project for this in a 10 hour exam 2 months down the line. Students have these 3 months to create the planning and preparation work for this personal response. All students will be completing differerent work. See specification for more detail.Continuation of Exam unit worth 40%. This culminates in the 10 hour exam at the end.


Our Mission and Values

“Therefore learn as if to live forever; live as if to die tomorrow” (St Edmund of Abingdon)

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St Edmund's Catholic School is an academy, and part of the Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership. The Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership is an exempt charity and a company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales under company registration number 08176019 at registered address: Barham Court, Teston, Maidstone, Kent, ME18 5BZ. St Edmund's Catholic School is a business name of Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership.