Art Curriculum at Brownhills Ormiston Academy

The department’s vision,

  • As the Art Department we aim to provide exciting and engaging lessons for our learners, challenging them at every step to become independent Artists.
  • The Art curriculum focuses on mastery of skills and techniques across all projects that are taught, embedding skills across lessons, art projects and key stages through the careful sequencing of lessons.
  • We have high expectations, encouraging students to aspire to be the best they can.
  • We will support our students to develop skills that are transferable across all subjects and employment in later life.
  • The students will think, use materials, and speak like an Artist.
  • We will take every opportunity to develop student’s cultural capital by exploring the origins of Art styles and Genres, and how relevant Art study is to today’s society.

Sequencing of lessons

​Across each key stages there are a variety of topics covered which test the student’s ability in mixed media, drawing techniques and artists knowledge.

In Year 7 students are introduced to a range of artist’s both contemporary and Historical. They are also taught perspective, accuracy and detail in drawing.

In year 8 and 9 students continue to develop their skills in drawing, use of materials and artist’s style/knowledge. Within each project their ability is tested in each of these areas. Year 8 cover a range of topics, packaging, street art, object art and culture. Year 9 build skills for GCSE and begin to become more independent in their art mastery.

Topics and lessons are carefully planned to ensure that students are always building on their previous knowledge.

In key stage 4 students have found their material specialism and focus on independent development of that material and drawing. Students independently select their own art style and artists to connect with, based on their own personal inspirations.


Students will receive regular formative assessment. Each lesson begins with a “Do Now” where learning from the previous lesson, week and topic are all recalled.  Peer and self-assessment opportunities are provided in each lesson and embedded into the scheme of learning. Regular assessment opportunities are planned in to lesson targeted questioning. This allows the lesson to be personalised to the students in the classroom meaning students can reach their full potential.

Summative assessments are used each term assessing the key knowledge and skills from each project. Students work with key words from the assessment criteria to build up their knowledge of the different grades. Exempla work is used so the student has a clear picture of what each grade looks like.

In key stage 3 the students complete one project per term. They complete an evaluation at the end of each project and are given a final average overall grade.

In key stage 4 the students submit a portfolio and complete an external exam.

Curriculum in action


5 Year Road Map