Ms K Bentley - Head of Arts

Norlington Reads in Art

We aim to provide all students with the best possible skills necessary to attain creative and aesthetic excellence through a range of different disciplines, specialising in Drawing, Painting, Printmaking and 3D Art work.
We aim to promote critical thinking and develop a visual awareness which encourages students to fulfil their creative potential. This will assist in life long learning and progression to a successful career.


Year 7

Students will learn the practice and thinking skills to develop their ability to engage in the creative process and experiment to produce four significant outcomes (works of art) over the course of the year.
• a still-life pencil drawing
• an abstract painting in response to the work of Sonia Delaunay
• a mixed media study from primary research
• soap carving in response to the work of Barbara Hepworth

UNIT 1 Drawing (Cycles 1&2)

Understand and apply the drafting technique to a highly developed level and build their ability to use line and tone effectively; apply techniques learnt to produce high quality artist studies.
Analyse the work of an artist using what, how and why: create a wide variety of marks to render surface texture demonstrating a high level of control; use the grid method to produce an accurate and detailed copy of an artists work; apply all techniques learnt to produce a highly developed outcome

UNIT 2 Painting (Cycles 3&4)

Use deep understanding of formal elements of art and colour theory to analyse an artist work; paint flat, neat colour within the lines
Use understanding of composition, colour theory and formal elements to develop an abstract painting; show clear links to the artist you have studied in your final outcome; show highly developed painting and colouring mixing skills

UNIT 3 Sculpture (Cycle 5)

Develop ability to use a range of sculpture skills to produce 3D work that deepens the knowledge of formal elements, translating them to three dimensions. Show clear links to artist studied and the ability to evaluate and present final outcomes in sketch book.

UNIT 4 Mixed Media (Cycle 6)

Take high quality, well-composed photographs; use understanding of composition to select an appropriate image to develop; produce a high quality, well-composed mono print; work into print used all the formal elements to apply embroidery skilfully to print.

Year 8

Students will build on the skills and understanding of year 7. During this year, they will gain an understanding of how the art GCSE operates by working on a sustained, themed project. The theme this year is Light and Dark. This will develop their independence and deepen their understanding of the creative process. They will produce 5 outcomes over the course of the year

• Edited photograph
• Mono print
• Lino print
• Tonal drawing
• Independent outcome – media of choice

UNIT 1 Photography (cycle 1)

Analyse and respond to the work of Edward Weston. Develop understanding of composition and photography from yr 7 to take and edit photos that will be used throughout the project. Students will learn to edit and manipulate photographs on Photoshop to create a final outcome.

UNIT 2 Printmaking (cycle 2)

Students will build on mono printing skills gained in year 7 to produce a developed and sophisticated mono print from own photos. Students will then produce a lino print inspired by their own photos. Create a GCSE style research page on printmaker Muafangejo.

UNIT 3 Drawing (cycle 3&4)

They will learn to use a range of media and the diverse media and techniques artist use to make marks, to include charcoal, ink and chalk. Students will look at artist including Tacita Dean, Ben Nicolson and Rembrant. Students will build on their previous knowledge of tonal drawing to deepen their skill level at pencil drawing.

UNIT 4 (cycle 5&6)

Use all the skills learnt over the year to develop and independent final outcome. Students produce a research page on an artist of their choice that links to their final outcome.


This is a practical course that encourages students to actively engage with the creative process of art in order to develop as independent learners and as critical, reflective thinkers with enquiring minds. Students will develop their imaginative capabilities and become confident in taking risks through exploring and experimenting with ideas, processes, media, materials and techniques. Throughout the course students will develop and refine ideas to create personal outcomes with increasing independence. Students will investigate, analyse and respond to the work of a diverse range of artist. Students will draw upon this research for inspiration when developing their own ideas and artworks.

Students will develop your technical skills in a range of media, to include drawing, painting, sculpture, photography and print making.

Students will learn through teacher lead workshops and independent projects. The projects will be centred on themes from past exam papers. Students will record the development of their projects in sketchbooks and produce substantial artworks in a range of material and media.

There are two components that make up the final assessment:
Component 1: Portfolio - 60% of final grade
Component 2: Externally Set Assignment (exam project) – 40% of final grade

Year 9

Students will work on two projects in year 9. Through these projects they will develop their technical skills and gain an understanding of how a GCSE project works. They will work in sketch books to show how they have developed a final outcome though artist research, investigations and experiments with media.

The first project will be centered on the theme of still life and all students will produce a large drawing and painting as their final outcomes. The second project will be based on a past exam paper and have the theme ‘Materials’. In this project students will produce a sculpture and an independent out come in the media of their choice.

The best work from this year will be included in the final GCSE portfolio and students will use the projects they produced in this year as blue prints for future projects.

Year 10

In year 10 students will start to work more independently as their confidence and understanding of the creative process grows. All work produced this year will form the students portfolio, which makes up 60% of their final grade. Students will work on two projects. Starting points will come from past exam papers. Students will be given the opportunity to choose their starting point for to second project.

Year 11

Students will work on a mock exam project from September until the Christmas holidays. The project will culminate in a two day exam where students will experience exam condition and work completely unaided for 10 hours to complete a final outcome for their project. All coursework will be completed by the Christmas holidays.

In January students will begin work on the externally set exam project. They will chose a starting point from the 7 options on the exam paper and work independently, with facilitation from the teacher, to develop a personal and meaningful final outcome. In April they will sit a 2 day exam where they will work unaided to produce a final outcome.


Art lunch club and after school clubs every day except Friday from 3.30pm to 4.30pm for the Key Stage 4 and 3 students.
Trip and visits to Art Galleries and Art Museums.

Art Galleries in London

Students can find helpful information on the websites of London’s leading Art galleries. Students will also gain valuable insights if they visit exhibitions.