Curriculum Intent

We believe at Melior Community Academy that Art is a subject that can help us to understand and give meaning to the world in which we live in, Art reflects everyone’s lives and experiences and as such is an extremely valuable subject.​ ​

 Our Curriculum aims to engage, inspire and challenge pupils, supplying them with knowledge and skills, pupils will explore visual and other sensory experiences to communicate ideas and meanings. Pupils will progress by creating their own works of art, they will be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design and express their individual creativity, It also aims to enable pupils to develop a natural sense of wonder and curiosity about the world they see around them. Through studying a diverse range of artists throughout history pupils will develop their critical thinking and cultural appreciation, we encourage students to share good practice and appreciate those around us. ​ ​

 Pupils will develop their techniques in drawing, painting, understanding colour, shade photography and manipulation. Skills that are developed here can be transferred to many other subjects and into the future, Independence, resilience, reflective skills and ambition.​ ​

Progression into KS4 Art or Photography provides more opportunities research deeper into culture and inspirations behind artists work, analysing work and expressing ideas through key Art vocabulary.  ​ ​

​There are a number of key concepts that underpin the study of Art and Design. Our students follow each year our carefully planned ambitious curriculum to understand these. Investigation, analysing, designing, making, reflecting an evaluation effectively. ​


Creativity ​ Our students show creativity develop ideas and different approaches, responding to tasks in a personal and imaginative way to produce original ideas. Originality can be evident in own work, work of peer groups or what others have produced in a range of historical context.​ ​
Exploring and experimenting​ Make informed decisions about the development of their own art, allowing students to refine and develop outcomes to their best standard possible, and building on problem solving skills which supports further studies and life.​ ​
Competence​ Students are taught competence in skills needed for different types of art and design practice. Our students apply these skills when investigating, analysing, thinking, designing, making , reflecting and evaluating. ​ ​
Analysing ​ This is the key element of practical exploration, development of ideas, critical studies, evidence of analysis is evident in discussions, visual and written outcomes.​ ​
Designing ​ Our students experience designing for different purpose ​ ​
Evaluating ​ Evaluation is a continuous process throughout their work, this includes evaluation initial ideas, media, techniques, artist influence, students reflect on their progress throughout and make informed decisions. ​ ​
Media ​ Students investigate different wet and dry media as well as technology e.g CAD and Photoshop​ ​
Cultural  understanding​ Our students explore the culture of society, local and national ​ ​
Context ​ Our students engage with work-related contexts that reflect the creative and cultural industries​ ​
Critical​  understandings​ Analysing and critical evaluation are key aspects of the creative process. Our students develop these skills in relation to the world around them, as well as to their own and others work around them.​ ​

Meet the Staff ​

There are two full time members of staff working in the Art and Photography department. All staff teach both Art and Photography . ​

Mrs F Hartshorne – Head of Art and Photography ​

Miss D Credland – Teacher of Art and Photography ​

Examples of student work

Natural Forms


Colour Theory

Pop Art