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Art & Design

When you come to the art rooms at Ralph Thoresby we want you to enjoy having the opportunity to be creative thinkers and practitioners.

A place that is a unique and vibrant environment within the school that allows you to explore ideas and develop your creative knowledge through an immersive and broad experience of the visual arts and design.

A place where you will discover about and analyse different artistic and cultural influences.

A place where you will get to develop your know how of different techniques and materials such as paint, drawing, print, mixed media, collage, clay, papier mache, wax pastel, I.T and other media.

A place where we believe that the variety and range of projects and materials gives opportunities for you to find areas of strength and personal progression that will support you throughout your own creative journey at Ralph Thoresby and beyond.

A place where you will find dedicated and passionate teachers of art and design

A place where we are proud of our exciting creative curriculum and hope that you will be as excited and willing to develop your understanding and know how with us.

Art and Design

Assessment Summary

ART & Design Assessment and Feedback Summary


In art and Design at KS3 Art student assessment will initially be through responsive verbal feedback and positive feedback effort stickers. This will be supported by student self-assessment feedback and reflection tasks at key points throughout the projects.

Students will also receive assessment through the Subject Curriculum Assessment feedback on Arbor as well as the whole school Progress Report.

KS4 & 5

At KS4 and 5 students will be given responsive verbal feedback through the projects and assessed against GCSE/GCE criteria of A01 AO2 AO3 AO4. There will be NO written feedback on their work. There will at relevant times be Post-it note comments.

Through the process of creating Art and Design pupils naturally have to analyse their work and that of others to show progress – this is their on going assessment. The process of analysing, annotating and writing about their work also demonstrates that they are individually assessing their work and progress.

Students will also receive assessment through the Subject Curriculum Assessment feedback on Arbor as well as the whole school Progress Report.

Y9 Bridging Year

Art & Design

In year 9 the curriculum has been planned to introduce learners to a variety of new themes and creative experiences. Exploring techniques that will build on previous knowledge but will also be used as a springboard and foundation to help underpin and sequence future studies and the transition to GCSE and hopefully A level Art and Design.

The year 9 ‘option’ choice will also allow learners more time and space to realise their potential and make the most of their individual progress and development. Hopefully continually igniting their ever developing experience of the visual arts and the creative process.

Wider World – Wellbeing

Can creating art have a positive effect on your wellbeing?

There is an increasing amount of scientific evidence that proves that art can enhance brain function. It has an impact on brainwave patterns and emotions, the nervous system, and can actually raise serotonin (feel good hormones) levels.

Art can also change a person’s outlook and the way they experience and view their world and the world around them.

For their visual arts Wider World experience student will explore the wellbeing benefits of creating and generating artwork. This will be split into two parts:


Students will explore Mandalas which means “circles” in Sanskrit, which is an ancient and classical language of India. Mandalas are also prevalent in various spiritual traditions where they are used for meditation, prayer, healing as well as art therapy. Mandalas have been shown in clinical studies to boost the immune system, reduce stress and pain, lower blood pressure, promote sleep and ease depression.


Art journaling is a visual diary where students have the opportunity to creatively express their ideas, thoughts, feelings, memories and emotions through any type of art form they enjoy. This gives the the opportunities for students to build on previous experiences of artistic knowledge and understanding as well as creating opportunities for experimentation as their journal can be as individual as they want it to be.

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