Huish Academy

Art & Design

From Dependence to Independence


Our aim is to inspire, motivate and engage pupils in the visual arts, offering a broad and progressive curriculum aimed at creating independent learners.

Our highly committed team of art teachers have a range of specialisms that inform our planning and result in challenging and informative art lessons.

Key Stage 3
Key Stage 3 focuses on developing a progressive knowledge and skills base. We develop pupil's visual understanding looking at colour theory, portraiture, symbolism and work from various cultures.

Key Stage 4
At Key Stage 4 our pupils have increased independence and enjoy investigating their own interests in the visual world. As a starting point they have set tasks and project titles which develop into creative investigations and a body of work as a response.

We take our GCSE pupils to London during their first term in Year 11 to gain more understanding of the art they are studying. We also offer a range of exciting opportunities to extend knowledge of processes and materials.

AQA GCSE Art and Design has a two unit specification which enables pupils to develop their ability to actively engage in the processes of Art and Design.

Assessment is by:

  • Unit 1: Portfolio of Work (Controlled Assessment) 60 %
  • Unit 2: Externally Set Task 40 %

It is a strong foundation for further progression to Art and Design related courses such as A-level Art and Design and enhanced vocational and career pathways.

Keith Crocker - Head of Art & Design

I originally trained in Fashion and Textiles but my teaching has always been broader, focussing on the process of learning with regards to ideas, concepts, curiosity and challenge. Producing my own art work is synonymous with teaching.

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