Art and Design

Welcome to the Art and Design Department at OIEA, a vibrant and exciting atmosphere where our students experience an extensive and diverse curriculum. High achievement of our students is encouraged through an appealing syllabus of quality teaching and learning. Our expectation is that all students do their very best as they discover, progress and perfect new skills, concepts and experiences. At OIEA students benefit from personalised support from skilled teachers, qualified specialists and extra-curricular activities.

Teacher of Art – Mrs Griffiths
Teacher of Art – Mrs McNelis

‘Art is a fundamental tool for expression and empowerment.’


Key Stage 3

In KS3 students will develop their creativity by engaging with variety of materials and techniques including – drawing, painting, mixed media and 3D making through a varied programme of learning activities. They will build their skills by gaining an understanding of the formal elements in Art and Design; colour, line, tone, pattern, texture, shape, form.

 Key Stage 3 – Artwork

Year 7 Cake Design

Year 8 African Masks

Key Stage 4 – GCSE Art and Design

Students in years 9, 10 and 11 will follow the GCSE Art and Design specification from OCR. The course is a very popular option for many students providing opportunity to engage and experiment with a wide range of materials, techniques and processes including;

  • Painting
  • Mixed Media
  • Sculpture
  • Printmaking
  • Photography

The course is structured into two units;

Unit 1 – Portfolio – coursework (60%)
Unit 2 – Exam – (40%)

Assessment objectives;

AO1-Develop ideas (Artists, designers, cultural research in sketchbook)
AO2- Experimentation with materials, techniques and processes
AO3 – Recording observations (drawing, photography)
AO4 – Realise – final outcome

In years 9 and 10 students will develop a ‘portfolio’ of work based on their own interests. (60%) They will learn how to research and analyse the work of artists, designers and other cultures and events and make connections with their own work. They will develop their recording skills through observational drawing.

In Year 11 students will complete Unit 2 – ‘Exam Unit’ (40%) following the same objectives and producing an outcome in 10 hours. We encourage students to be creative and ambitious.

GCSE Art Exhibition 2017

Enrichment Opportunities

  • Art- club /intervention sessions
    The department offers weekly opportunities for students to access facilities and teacher support to develop ideas and further their progress.
  • Trips and exhibitions
    Students are encouraged to visit exhibitions and galleries to broaden their perspective on the wider world of Art and Design. Trips have included; Tate Modern – London , Chatsworth Sculpture Exhibition, Pitt Rivers Museum – Oxford, Clothes Show Live NEC,
  • Practitioners
    Contemporary artists and designers are invited to share their specialisms through workshops/ visits to enhance the learning on the curriculum. For example; Anna Roebuck (Jewellery), Grahame Elstone (Digital art), Rachael Carter (Sculpture)