Y5. Autumn Term 2017

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Taking inspiration from the Norse gods and Viking art, this term will be spent exploring line, texture and tone through printmaking. This will require the students to analyse patterns, then plan and refine their designs.

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In the second half of term the students will work towards collaged designs inspired by Celtic knots. They will work with colours based on plant and mineral pigments of the time. Through experimentation the students will deepen their understanding of how colour pigments were first derived.

Viking Suggested Visits

The Braaid

The Isle of Man is proud of its Viking heritage. These ancient remains comprise two Viking longhouses and a Celtic roundhouse, excavated in 1942 and 1964. The longhouses, both nearly 20 metres long, were where Vikings and their livestock lived in close proximity.
Isle of Man Guide

The British Museum

Britain's richest collection of Viking artefacts includes silver coin hoards and Viking jewellery. For those unable to visit the more remote sites, this incredible museum in London's Bloomsbury is probably the best place to discover Viking Britain.


The ancient capital of the Saxon kingdom of Wessex was the death and burial site of the only two English kings to bear the honorific title The Great: Saxon Alfred, and Viking Cnut.

Y5. Spring Term 2018

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This term the students will be learning how to develop tessellating shapes to form interlocking repeat patterns. They will look at the elegant Art Deco designs from the 1920s for inspiration.We will expect them to analyse these patterns and then apply this knowledge to develop their own designs.

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The second part of this design project will be an exploration of Japanese Shinto art and its relationship with nature. The brief they must then fulfil is to design a Koinobara carp kite which will be coloured using a palette the students have derived from the seasons.

Art Deco Suggested Visits

The V&A Museum

Spanning the boom of the roaring 1920s through to the bust of the Depression-ridden 1930s, Art Deco drew on timeworn traditions while simultaneously celebrating the modern, mechanised world. This extraordinary blend of tradition and progress, combined with a lively eclecticism, is found throughout the V&A's Art Deco objects.
Art Deco at V&A

Eltham Palace, Greenwich, London

Experience the decade of decadence at Eltham Palace as you are transported back to the 1930s. Created for millionaires Stephen and Virginia Courtauld, Eltham Palace is part showpiece of Art Deco design and 1930s cutting-edge technology, and part medieval royal palace. Bring your family and make yourself at home, try on clothes, play games and listen to music, as a guest of the Courtaulds.
Visit Eltham Palace and Gardens

Y5. Summer Term 2018

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We will be exploring 3D design, starting with a paper engineering project. The students will investigate a variety of folds and design possibilities. They will then be set project to design a Father's Day Card.

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The final project for this year has a theme of Collections and Curiosities. The students will start with a study of the work of artist Joseph Cornell which will inform the development of a box of objects that describes an environment or person of the students choosing, real or imagined.

Collections and Curiosities Suggested Visits

Joseph Cornell(December 24, 1903 – December 29, 1972) was an American artist and film maker, one of the pioneers and most celebrated exponents of assemblage. He was largely self-taught in his artistic efforts, and improvised his own original style incorporating cast-off and discarded artifacts.
More about Joseph Cornell

Sir John Soane's Museum, London

The Soane Museum is the extraordinary house of Sir John Soane, one of the greatest English architects, who built and lived in it more than a century and a half ago. The museum has been kept as it was at the time of his death nearly 180 years ago. It displays his collection of antiquities, furniture, sculptures, architectural models, paintings – including work by Hogarth, Turner and Canaletto – and over 30,000 architectural drawings. It's a vast, extraordinary collection, full of curiosities and surprises.
Sir John Soane's Museum


Y6. Autumn Term 2018

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Year 6 will study the formal elements of line, tone and texture. Each element will form part of an illustrated concertina book based on an imaginary character which will journey through their learning.

In the second part of term students will discover pigments from the time of the cave paintings at Lascaux. They will make their own paints and understand the link between a culture and its colours.

Cave Suggested Visits

If you are inspired to go underground there a some caves nearby:
Visit Chislehurst Caves
Visit Reigate Caves

Or you could go further afield and explore the wonderful world of Wookey Hole caves in Sussex:
Visit Wookey Hole Caves

Y6. Spring Term 2018

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Year 6 will take part in preparations for the school's celebration of the Chinese New Year, developing their own animal masks and headdresses.

The students continue to develop their design skills through a project based on time. They will design, cut and print their own stencil design for a working clock.

Chinese New Year Suggested Visits

On the 16th February 2018 in the West End of London the Chinese New Year celebrations are the largest outside Asia, with parades, performances and fireworks.
Chinesese New Year celebrations in London guide

The V&A Museum

The V&A has one of the most comprehensive and important collections of Chinese art outside East Asia, with pieces dating from 3000 BC to the present day.
Chinese art at V&A

Y6. Summer Term 2018

This term Year 6 will study 3D portraiture. They will learn about the structure and proportions of the head and work with clay to produce a large sculpted head. As part of this project the students will visit Dorich House, the former home and studio of the sculptor Dora Gordine.

Sculpture Suggested Visits

Dorich House Museum

One of London's hidden gems, Dorich House Museum at Kingston University is located a Deer's Leap from Richmond Park, along Kingston Vale in South West London.
Dorich House Museum

Watts Gallery Artists' Village

The Watts Gallery Artists' Village is a unique Arts & Crafts gem nestled in the Surrey Hills.
Watts Gallery Artists' Village

The Yorkshire Sculpture Park

If you find yourself heading north on the M1 stop into The Yorkshire Sculpture Park and discover the 'true home of British sculpture'.
The Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Surrey Sculpture Society

Nearer to home, the Surrey Sculpture Society has a diverse range of exhibitions throughout the year.
Surrey Sculpture Society


Y7. Autumn Term 2017

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Year 7 will begin the term with a two week drawing module.

Objective drawing is a skill that we encourage. It teaches a student to see, and therefore discover and understand more about their world. Acquiring the language of drawing is an important communication skill.

Next, as part of a cross curricular project with the Humanities department, we will be looking in depth at the art of the Russian Revolution. Year 7 will work towards achieving an effective design for fabric, inspired by the Soviet propaganda designs of the time.

Russian Revolution Suggested Visits

Russian Art and Culture

This website is a great resource for finding out what Russian cultural events are on the horizon.
Russian Art and Culture

Red Star Over Russia, Tate Modern

A revolution in visual culture 1905–55 from 8 November 2017–18 February 2018.
Red Star Over Russia exhibition.

Image by Leon Battista Alberti Public Domain

In the second half of the term, we will be studying Linear Perspective.

In 1435, Leon Battista Alberti wrote the first account of a method of constructing pictures in correct perspective.

They will learn about many additional clues used by artists to translate a 3D world onto a 2D surface.

Having studied these methods Year 7 will be tasked to construct their own one, two and three point perspective drawings.

Y7. Spring Term 2018

This term the students will be involved in designing and making the props and scenery for their school production, “Captain Stirrick”.

This will involve designing individual marionettes and a group project to design and build two enormous puppets of the main characters.

Y7. Summer Term 2018

This term the students will develop their painting skills using acrylic paint. Working from life, they will add colour as a tool to help them explain 3 dimensional form.

In the second half of the term, contemporary artist Charley Harper will be one of the influences as Year 7 students embark on a lino print project inspired by the patterns found in nature. This project will increase their understanding of the use of line, tone and pattern in printmaking.

Charley Harper

Artist and printmaker.
Learn more about Charley Harper


Y8. Autumn Term 2017

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Year 8 will begin the term with a two week drawing module, developing their observation and drawing skills.

For the first half of the term Year 8 will be involved in a cross curricular project with the Humanities department. Looking in depth at the art of the Russian Revolution, they will produce a design for a poster inspired by the visual language used in Soviet propaganda posters of the time.

Russian Revolution Suggested Visits

Russian Art and Culture

This website is a great resource for finding out what Russian cultural events are on the horizon.
Learn more about Russian Art and Culture events

Red Star Over Russia, Tate Modern

A revolution in visual culture 1905–55 from 8 November 2017–18 February 2018.
Red Star Over Russia exhibition.

They will then study the work of book illustrators who use typography inspired by the 100 ARTISTS, 100 POSTERS, 100 CLASSIC NOVELS RE-COVERED project.

Belgian graphic design studio beshart was able to unite 100 artists from 28 countries in a unique co-creation project to (re)design the covers for “The 100 Greatest Novels of All Time” (The Observer, 2003). Their mission: raise awareness for the problem of illiteracy.

Y8. Spring Term 2018

This term Year 8 will develop their skills for handling paint. They will use acrylics to explore a range of techniques, improving their confidence in colour mixing, and leading to an appreciation of colour balance and composition within representational and abstract art.

Suggested Visit

Into the Light: Photography and Abstract Art, Tate Modern

2 May–16 September 2018
Into the Light at Tate Modern

Y8. Summer Term 2018

Image courtesy of Pedro Ribeiro Simoes

Continuing the theme of balance the students will look at the beautiful kinetic art of the 20th Century sculptor Alexander Calder. Combining skills of art and engineering, Year 8 will design and construct a mobile from everyday materials. They will be asked to visually balance form, colour and design within their physically balanced sculpture.

Alexander Calder Suggested Visit

You can see an Alexander Calder mobile at the Tate Modern.
Alexander Calder at Tate Modern


Y9. Autumn Term 2017

Self portrait Kathe Kollwitz, Public Domain

Year 9 students will spend the the first half of this term considering ways of drawing and ways of seeing.

The practical and theoretical work will develop their analytic and reflective skills and encourage them to consider the context as well as the aesthetics of the art that we will be studying.

In the second half of term Year 9 will be studying the work of book illustrators such as Jeffrey Alan Love. Having considered design, function and techniques, they will work towards their own illustrative responses to the Lewis Carroll poem Jabberwocky.

Illustration Suggested Visit

House of Illustration

The UK’s only public gallery dedicated to illustration and the graphic arts, founded by Sir Quentin Blake and opened at the heart of King’s Cross in London.
Learn more about House of Illustration

Y9. Spring Term 2018

Colour Theory and Mosaic

Having added to their knowledge of colour theory with an understanding of analogous colours and the relative value of colours, this term Year 9 will be applying that knowledge to a mosaic design project. Mosaic, the art of creating images with an assemblage of small pieces of coloured glass, stone, or other materials has been around for 4000 years, and Y9 will study the history of this art form before developing their own design inspired by the patterns in Science and Nature.

Practical and planning skills will be in the forefront of this project as they learn how to cut tiles, layout mosaic designs and apply them to a ceramic surface to create decorated planters and pillars for our school gardens.

Suggested Visit

Sculptures and mosaics: The National Gallery, London

The first picture that greets visitors to the National Gallery is not an Old Master, nor an Impressionist. Nor does it even hang on a wall. Set into the floor of the first landing in the Gallery’s Portico entrance is ‘The Awakening of the Muses’, a marble mosaic laid in 1933 by the Russian-born artist Boris Anrep (1885-1969)
Sculptures and mosaics at The National Gallery

Y9. Summer Term 2018

The final term of Year 9 will be a cross curricular film project in collaboration with the humanities department.

Having spent time developing a proposal the students will structure a film comprised of both found footage and self shot footage that supports and eloquently presents their point of view. They will be looking at the work of film maker Adam Curtis amongst others.

Kevin Adam Curtis (born 26 May 1955) is a British documentary film-maker. Curtis says that his favourite theme is “power and how it works in society”, and his works explore areas of sociology, psychology, philosophy and political history. Curtis describes his work as journalism that happens to be expounded via the medium of film. His films have won four BAFTAs. He has been closely associated with the BBC throughout his career.

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