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Passmores Academy

Passmores Academy

Improving upon our best


Passmores Academy Art department aims to make art and creativity fun and believes in the value of art for every pupil.  We aim to encourage our pupils to be independent thinkers and learners by offering them a carefully planned and structured curriculum rich in challenge by allowing them to have creative freedom.  We motivate, inspire and challenge pupils of all levels and develop pupils visual and communicative skills, enabling them to express themselves through a visual language. We nurture pupils to become well rounded, independent and imaginative individuals.  We believe that art is a vital part of children’s education and has an important role in the taught curriculum, helps develop the imagination and skills that are transferable for the next generation of artists.  We aim to encourage students to extend their creative thinking by introducing them to a variety of materials and processes and develop thinking skills by analysing and evaluating artists, designers and craftspeople, movements in art history and expand and broaden their own opinions 


What success looks like at KS3 

Year 7 provides a foundation year for pupils working in a specialist area, increasing their confidence and skills within a range of processes and techniques and establish good practices and building a visual vocabulary.  The pupils create a variety of responses which lead into paint, oil, pastel, collage and other media.  As well as this pupils learn about the concepts and meaning behind the work of other artists and designers, with each project being inspired by traditional or contemporary practitioners as well as developing skills in peer and self-assessment to increase literacy skills.  

In Year 8, pupils continue to develop the skills and techniques already covered and extend their ideas into a more independent form of expression. In practical work, this will include drawing, painting, collage, photography.  They continue to consider the cultural and contextual aspects of the subject and apply this knowledge more fully in their own work.  Peer and self-assessment are key factors throughout to help the pupils understand their goals more fully and to increase confidence. 

All pupils in Year 9 will develop a wider range of skills, through experiencing the use of a variety of materials and techniques. Our skills-based workshops cover a variety of practices, from observational drawing, painting, print making and mixed media work.  Primary observation is encouraged, and pupils explore the elements of line, tone, colour, pattern, texture and form.  These skills are further embedded by the study of the work of great artists, craft makers and designers and a deeper understanding for the historical and cultural development of their own work. 


What success looks like at KS4 

Pupils will opt to studying GCSE art at KS4 and follow the AQA Fine Art specification.  By the end of KS4, we aim to ensure that all pupils can:  

  • Pupils will be able to develop ideas through investigations and be able to develop ideas and be able to use subject specific language to express opinions.  

  • Pupils will be able to refine work by exploring ideas, selecting and experimenting with appropriate media, materials, techniques and processes and showcase their skills in greater depth. 

  • Pupils will be able to record ideas through photography and become proficient in drawing and photography as a basis of exploring their own ideas.    

  • Pupils will be able to present a personal and creative final outcome that demonstrates own ideas and response to an art brief 


Pupils are guided through this section of the course, and this is supported by a pupil handbook for pupils to refer to during the two years.