"Creativity takes courage" Henri Matisse

"Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up" Pablo Picasso

Art Curriculum Statement

At The Oaks Academy, we believe that every child has the ability to be creative. We ensure tasks are presented in accessible ways and encourage a growth mindset that is not limited by previous experienced. Self belief is encouraged so that all can achieve.

National Curriculum

The national curriculum for art and design aims to ensure that all pupils: 
•    produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences 
•    become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques 
•    evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design 
•    know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.

Exceeding Ambition

How do we exceed the ambition of the National Curriculum in a way that makes our curriculum exceptional? Engaging in a critical analysis of others work is key to students thinking like an artist. Students are encouraged to be independent thinkers by developing their own ideas linked to learning.

Here's our Curriculum Road Map for Art & Design:


The formal elements in art of line, tone, from colour & texture underpin all learning in art & design. Students are encouraged to develop their observational drawing skills and record their ideas in a variety of forms using different experimental media. Art textiles techniques are taught alongside Fine Art drawing and painting and pupils are also given the opportunity to explore 3D forms. Sketchbook exploration is key to a students success and they are encouraged and supported in developing pride in their work and their presentation. Students explore a variety of artists from different periods of time and different cultural influences and are encouraged to evaluate how art has changed over time and how different art forms lead to different career pathways.

Implementation: What does learning look like?

We consider progression in art to be developed through continual repetition of key skills linking to the formal elements. These are then built upon and developed through the exploration of new media. Students work in sketchbooks and are taught to consider this process as a journey of expression and experimentation, whilst at the same time they are encouraged and supported in developing judgements about their work and the work of others that influence their progression further.

In Years 7, 8 and 9 (Key Stage 3)

We introduce students to a range of historical and contemporary artists and students learn about how artists promote, sell and publish their wok in the current day. Across all 3 years students are taught to record ideas in a variety of forms both visual and written, refine their ideas in new media and develop ideas through to an independent outcome. In year 9 students explore a sustained theme over the academic year which allows them the opportunity to see how a project can grow, develop in greater depth over time.

In Years 10 and 11 (Key Stage 4)

Students can opt to study AQA Art & Design Fine Art, Art Textiles or Photography. Photography has 2 routes for students to opt, Digital or Creative. Each KS4 course builds upon the skills that have been developed at KS3 with students being encouraged to record ideas, refine ideas, explore the work of others.

Cultural Capital Opportunities linked to Personal and Character Development

To complement our curriculum, we strongly believe in our enrichment programme and how this can enhance and add real value to the educational experience of students in our subjects. We offer a range of clubs, workshops, competitions and educational visits. Opportunities include:
KS3 Art and Textiles Club
Dot Art Competition
Year 9 & Year 11 Art, Textiles & Photography Exhibition
KS3 Gallery visit & workshop
KS4 Gallery visit and workshop
KS4 college workshops


Tom Quigley is a local Cheshire based Artist who produces short support videos for developing the use of sketchbooks. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPceQOtnDJOeLRRY7fFq2Jw

You may also want to have a look on BBC bitesize https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/z8tnvcw

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