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The Howard Partnership Trust (THPT) is a Surrey based Multi-Academy Trust, comprising 4 secondary and 6 primary phase schools. We are proud of our ethos of collaboration and inclusion, "Bringing out the best" in students of all abilities and backgrounds. Visit website

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Art and Design

Why we study Art and Design
Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. A high-quality art and design education should engage, inspire and challenge students, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. As students 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.

Our Aim 
Art helps develop a creative mindset which allows the students acquire a broader sense of learning. It encourages them to make  new connections and relationships through their inventive minds. Students explore the creative process through a variety of ideas and themes and learn to develop and refine their ideas through contextual sources and the world around them. 

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Year 7

Year 8

Autumn Term

  • Core skill test: application, practice and refinement to improve key skills
  • Formal elements:
  • Principles of drawing:
    • Line – proportion and mark making: links to Van Gogh
    • Tone – how to create form and shape. Understanding elements of light and shadow
Autumn Term

  • Base line test recapping formal elements
  • Under the sea: exploring themes
  • Drawing workshops:
    • Line and tone
    • Colour
    • Mixed Media

Spring Term

  • Texture – how to create visual texture. Understanding how to combine techniques
  • Colour – Understanding principles of primary, secondary and tertiary colour groups
  • Principles of painting
  • Combing colour and tone in painting

Spring Term

  • Embedding core GCSE skills
  • Developing ideas to artists
  • Written study
  • Learning and responding to artwork
  • Experimenting with media
  • Creating a mixed media mural based on a thematic narrative

Summer Term

  • Creating final piece applying and combing the formal elements
  • Surrealism
  • Understanding the principles of Surrealism
  • Learning to write about art
  • Connection of art to popular culture
  • Photomontage pieces based upon Surrealism

Summer Term

  • Developing a thematic project
  • Working on printing and photoshop skills.
  • Written study
  • Developing independent and original ideas form contextual sources
  • Resolving ideas to produce out comes


Staff Contact:
Mrs K Sowerbutts -