Art & Design

The Art staff here at Bourne Community College are a dynamic team and are all practising artists. The National Curriculum for Art is rich and vibrant and enables students to explore a wide variety of materials, styles and techniques, developing drawing and recording skills and the ability to analyse, reflect and refine ideas. Projects are informed by different artists, cultures and genres. Students show creative risk-taking through their work, projects are designed to develop these skills.


KS3 Art projects are designed to mimic the GCSE course framework encompassing four areas of learning within each project – artists/observing and recording/experimenting and exploring/creating personalised final outcomes. Projects are scaffolded to allow students to build confidently on previous knowledge, skills and understanding within the subject.

Students develop skills in painting, drawing, print-making, textiles, stencilling, mixed-media and varied 3D materials.

Year 7 Pattern in Natures – a project that looks at colour theory, develops painting skills and the ability to experiment and take creative risks. Students research the artist Rex Ray and complete tasks including collage, still life drawing and develop own ideas inspired by the artist using print-making techniques, stitch and embellishment.

Year 8 Portraiture – a project aimed at developing students’ skills in observing and recording through portraiture, understanding scale and proportion, shape and form. Students extend and build upon painting skills from Year 7 by learning how to mix skin tones and use different drawing tools to show detail and shading within their portraiture work.

In Year 9 students complete two projects. The first explores the world of fantasy within art, writing and film, looking at how imaginary creatures are depicted in a realistic style effectively by artists and animators. Students investigate different artists, their style and technique and also study Metamorphosis to further inspire ideas. The second project entitled Street Scenes/Child Labour introduces students to a range of different artists that work within this theme, exploring materials, styles and techniques, analysing work and messages depicted. Students explore how contemporary images and text within street art often refer to issues, events and opinions in the world around us. Students will present research and experimental work based on the topic of child labour, also making reference to the UN Rights of the Child.



AQA Exam Board. This course is made up of 60% Coursework and 40% Externally Set Assignment (Exam). Coursework is formed from two units, in Year 10 students complete a Coursework Unit entitled Habitats, investigating artists that focus on Climate Change and creatures at risk of extinction from plastic pollution, deforestation etc. In Year 11 students complete a Coursework Unit based on Nature, developing skills in lino printing and investigating the work of contemporary British print-makers. Also a trip to Cass Sculpture Foundation enriches students’ learning.

Each Coursework Unit requires students to show evidence relating directly to four Assessment Objectives –

  • Assessment Objective 1: Artist/Culture/Genre research.
  • Assessment Objective 2: Experimenting and exploring ideas, reviewing and refining ideas.
  • Assessment Objective 3: Recording of ideas and observations through drawing tasks and photography.
  • Assessment Objective 4: present a final piece informed by the development of ideas shown through the 3 other Assessment Objectives and making clear links to artists that have informed and inspired own ideas.

Thorough and analytical note-making to document thoughts and further demonstrate understanding of own and others’ work, is a vital part of their sketchbook work and artist analysis is completed for each artist studied.

The Externally Set Assignment, (completed in the Spring Term in Year 11), follows the same structure as a Coursework Unit with evidence needed for each of the 4 Assessment Objectives, demonstrated through a theme dictated by the Exam Board. This Assignment allows students’ time in the Spring Term to complete Assessment Objectives 1, 2 and 3, followed by a 10 hour exam in which to complete Assessment Objective 4 – the exam takes place over the course of 2 school days.



GCSE students are invited to attend the after school art class on a Monday from 2.45-4.00, to continue with their coursework and make use of all art materials and receive further support with their work.



Mrs. C Cluff BA (Hons) – Teacher of Art and Design Technology
Miss K Donovan – Teacher of Art and Design Technology
Ms P Wood – Art and Textiles Technician

The Head of Art, Mrs. Cluff, has created links to develop art within the local community, securing funding and sponsorship and creating local partnerships. Community artwork on display can be seen at Chichester station on platform 2 and Bosham station also platform 2. At Chichester, the artwork was made in conjunction with WSCC focusing on promoting ‘Active Lifestyles’ in teenagers and young people. The artwork at Bosham is a celebration of our local community, a tree made up of names and fingerprint blossom. These wonderful opportunities are created for students to participate in.

Through projects taught, students have opportunities to contribute to beautification projects around the school site. Local artists have worked with GCSE students to create a large willow sculptural tree at the entrance of the Barnes Building, whilst other GCSE students have created stencils based on their own drawings of Chichester street scenes, applying them to walls around the precinct outdoor space. Cross-curricular links are made through Art and this can be seen around the school including work based on UNICEF Rights Respecting School status including a celebratory artwork in the canteen marking our Gold Award achieved in May 2018, completed by students in Year 7 – 11.

The Art Departments’ latest community piece has been inspired by Chinese artist Candy Chang, whose work focuses on ‘public spaces and personal well-being.’ As a starting point, students formed meaningful discussions in response to the question ‘what makes you unique?’ Some very thought-provoking ideas were shared and students were then asked to write a response to the question on a parcel tag. The sculptural willow tree has been used to display the parcel tags as a celebration of our uniqueness as individuals. The message ‘Don’t imitate…innovate.’

These experiences enrich students’ learning and their understanding of the subject. The Art Department continue to seek out opportunities for students to learn outside of the classroom and build links within the community through Art.

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