Art and design

The study of art, craft and design allows some of the highest forms of human creativity. A high-quality art and design education should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art. As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.

Art and design at Bedlington Academy, leads students on a creative journey though self-expression whilst developing a wealth of knowledge in core skills. Drawing underpins all creative outcomes, with painting, mixed media, printmaking, 3D modelling, collage and ceramics, experienced by students and developed into outcomes throughout key stages three and four. 

We encourage our students to explore visual, tactile and other sensory experiences to communicate ideas and meanings. They work with traditional and new media, developing confidence, competence and imagination. We pride ourselves on the variety of specialist resources and ideas from which to develop a wide variety of subject specialist skills. They learn to appreciate and value images and artefacts across times and cultures, and to understand the contexts in which they were made. 
Students reflect critically on their own work and that of others, judging quality, value and meaning. They learn to think and act as artists, craftspeople and designers, working creatively, intelligently and independently. Using the formal elements of art and design, students articulate their thoughts and opinions about artwork from a range of artists, designers and practitioners, and the work of their own and peers with subject-specific terminology. 

In key stage three, a wide variety of drawing, painting, mixed media, printmaking and sculpture allow pupils to explore and develop ideas and design processes whilst learning about divine proportion, pictorial space, colour theory and composition. A range of materials, techniques and processes are used including watercolour painting, paper mache and wire modelling, polystyrene printing, and ceramics. 

In key stage four, students are invited to advance upon processes introduced at key stage 3 to develop their confidence and creativity. There is a range of specialist disciplines available at GCSE.  We deliver art, craft and design to give students a wider choice of outcomes and specialisms. The specification delivered at Bedlington Academy is AQA art and design. 

Curriculum information






Year 7

  • Formal Elements: art box


  • Evaluating the work of other times and cultures: Mexican art
  • Recording observations: pop printmaking


  • Experimenting with craft: pop art illustrations


  • Evaluating great artists: Van Gogh study and analysis


  • Making and creating: landscape painting


Year 8

  • Drawing skills: Natural forms: flowers


  • Experimenting with media: natural forms
  • Observational drawing: food


  • Experimenting with craft: 3D food



  • Evaluating the work of others: insect art


  • Making and creating: 3D insects

Year 9

  • Developing creativity: fantasy creatures




  • Exploring media and materials: portraits


  • Refining art skills: skulls


Year 10

  • Refining skills: shells





  • Sustained project: the sea


  • Sustained project: the sea 


Year 11

  • Mock exam
  • Choice of title/topic



  • Externally set assignment
  • Choice of title/topic


  • Sustained project review
  • Choice of title/topic




I like how we get to try out and use different materials - art lets you be creative.
Year 9 student
Art lets your imagination out!
Year 8 student