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The CTS Art Department provides a dynamic and stimulating environment where students are offered a broad and varied curriculum. High achievement is encouraged through an engaging programme of high quality teaching and learning. We expect all students to do their very best as they explore, develop and refine new skills. Students receive a high level of individually tailored support from a skilled team of teachers and support staff.

Students are given the opportunity to express themselves creatively through independent learning, practical application, teamwork and reflection. We also prepare our students for the future by addressing issues relevant to their personal, social and moral development.

Art is part of the design & technology department.  There are two well-equipped art studios, two IT suites.  As part of the wider facilities in the department there are also two workshops and a food technology room.   The department has a range of specialist equipment including an A2 laser cutter and numerous 3D Printers.


Events/trips/Visits applicable to department

  • Tate Art Gallery

Online learning resources with links

Use the links below to visit our favourite sites.

Examples of Modern Art

Examples of Portraiture

Examples of Contemporary Art

Inspiration Boards

The official web page for the world’s largest drawing festival.

Courses/subjects offered

Key Stage 3 curriculum



Year 7

In year 7 students will be taught to develop their drawing skills by undertaking projects designed to build confidence and knowledge of how to use tone to show shape, shadow and to highlight.


Students will understand colour theory and how artists apply this to their artwork.


Students will experiment with a variety of art media, styles and techniques to increase proficiency.


Students will look at periods of art, major styles and art movements to understand how art has shaped our history and contributes to the cultural development of present times.


The learning focus in year 7 is to draw with accuracy, improve tonal drawing skills and to work with colour to create a balanced composition.




Year 8

Pupils in year 8 should be able to use a range of techniques to record observations from primary or secondary sources including painting, tonal pencil work and mark making. Students should be able to analyse and evaluate their own work and that of others using correct subject specific vocabulary.


Students will work on a variety of projects to strengthen their styles and techniques.

Students should be able to understand how art reflects and shapes our history by looking at work from the past. Students should be able to respond to these in a creative way.


The learners’ focus in year 8 is to learn how to experiment, how to develop a project and how to refine ideas and skills.


Key Stage 4 curriculum



Year 9

Students will work on a project brief that will help them develop independent ideas and improve their drawing and painting skills.


They should become confident in taking risks and learn from experiences when exploring different ideas, processes, media, materials and techniques.

They will develop critical understanding and refine outcomes. They will record their ideas, observations and insights through written annotation using appropriate specialist vocabulary as their work progresses.


The learning focus in Year 9 is to learn how to link to artists, how to respond to feedback in order to improve and to bring ideas together effectively to create compositions.




Year 10

Students’ work during year 10 is the basis for their GCSE coursework. Coursework should consist of a minimum of 6 mounted sheets and a final piece based on a project title chosen at the start of year 10.


The GCSE specifications in Art and Design require students to use visual language to communicate personal ideas, meanings and responses. They should be able to reflect on their creative journey and explain how their sources and artists inspired the development of their ideas.


Students must explore relevant critical and contextual sources such as the work of contemporary or historical artists or movements. They must show different processes and techniques in their work.





Year 11


Year 11 is the culmination of the coursework and final coursework piece.


Students are given the exam paper in January and have the following months to prepare for their 10 hour exam, thinking about and developing ideas, techniques and narrative. During the exam, students will respond to the set specification as detailed on the exam paper. 


Career links

Qualifications in Art and Design can lead to a wide variety of careers, including:

- Illustrator

- Photographer

- Animator

- Graphic designer

- Arts administrator

- Print maker

- Teacher/ University lecturer