The Art and Design Department at Oathall strives to promote an atmosphere of enjoyment and trust where students are encouraged to be both creative and ambitious.

Students will explore a wide range of media and gain inspiration from lots of different artists / craftspeople/ designers in order to develop their own personal creative responses during their studies.  Special trips, visits and workshops enrich teaching and learning.

See a selection of work by Oathall students in our Flickr gallery

Key Stage Three
In year 7 students develop their observation drawing skills and explore portrait/ figure painting taking inspiration from other artists including Alberto Giacometti.

In year 8 students develop their design ideas/ construction skills inspired by Niki de Saint Phalle and explore painting/ mixed media techniques.

In year 9 students complete expressive portraits, ceramic ugly mugs and mixed media studies inspired by artists and designers.

Key Stage Four – Art and Design
GCSE students will express their own thoughts and ideas through drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, collage, ICT and digital photography.  In Years 10 and 11 students will produce original artworks from observation, gain inspiration from 21st century artists and develop imaginative ideas/responses using a wide range of media.  Assessment is via coursework, portfolio and a 10 hour final exam.  This course culminates in a spectacular end of year art show.

Key Stage Four – Photography
Students will study the work of well-known photographers and develop their eye for composition, depth of field and movement in order to express their own thoughts and ideas.  They will master download, image manipulation, printing and presentation techniques used in the industry.

Students will develop presentation books and display boards incorporating other media. Assessment is via portfolio and an externally set task.

Marking and Assessment policy

Useful links for students

BBC Bitesize GCSE