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Art and Design

Within the Art and Design Technology Department our aim is for all staff and students to contribute to a culture of excellence, creativity, resilience and passion.

In a fast changing, competitive, modern world, we know that innovation, visual literacy and creative problem solving are vital skills for our students to develop, and within the Art and Design Technology department we embed these skills and ways of thinking run through all that we do. Students get to experience a range of disciplines: Art and Design, Product Design, Food Studies, Textiles and Graphics. Within the specialisms, they are exposed to the work of contemporary practitioners, different cultures and challenged with brief-led work to develop their own ability to innovate, and inspire them to become independent and ambitious contributors.

“It’s not just about creativity. It’s about the person you’re becoming while you’re creating.”
Charlie Peacock


Extra-Curricular activities

We offer a range of after-school activities across the Key Stages, including Urban Sketching, KS3 Club, Seasonal Crafts, Stagecraft, and Portfolio Building. Students doing exam coursework are encouraged to spend time outside of lessons working on their projects with staff within the department, and often have students using our studio spaces in their own time with the support of their teachers to build up their body of work. The department is also heavily involved in supporting the end of year School Production, where students have a chance to help with costume design, prop-making and set design.


Careers and Future Opportunities from Art + Design Technology

Studying Art and Design Technology opens up opportunities for students to work in a range of exciting, cutting-edge creative industries. There are traditional design technology career pathways, such as architecture, carpentry, interior design, construction, engineering, multimedia, set design, packaging, teaching, graphic design, market research, special effects work, catering, fashion design, rural crafts, product design, and sign making. Arts-based qualifications can lead them into a range of exciting career choices, such as games developer, videographer, costume designer, art historian, ceramicist, fine painter, animator, art curator, photojournalist, museum and gallery workers, jeweller, printmaker, freelance illustrator, make-up artist, branding and logo designer, art therapist, arts educator, and web designer. This is no means a final list, and advances in technology and global development will pave the way for more opportunities for those with creative vision and technical skill.


Art Department

Art is more than a product. Art is a way of approaching the world and how we experience our lives. It teaches us the value of having more than one solution to a problem or answer to a question. It’s about embracing multiple perspectives and respecting one another’s vision of the world while at the same time honouring our own view. We learn how images, materials and processes become vehicles for our own voices and ideas, utilising colour, line and form. Resilience and risk-taking come from learning from our mistakes and reworking them into successes. Art is the exciting combination of ideas and form, concepts and technical ability. In a world that demands us to be adaptable, forward thinking and inventive which means we can draw from a range of transferable skills and use our creativity in and beyond school life.

The Art Department at The Elmgreen School aims to ensure that every student has access to a diverse range of materials, skills and techniques across the key stage so that they can develop as artists and realise their creative capabilities. They will work in two and three dimensions, exploring areas such as ceramics, printmaking and painting, both on their own and in collaboration with others. Students will learn to appreciate, value, and give an opinion on artworks from their own and other cultures.

During KS3 we introduce students to a range of exciting contemporary artists, designers and craftspeople, in class and through gallery visits, who work across a variety of media. We do this to show that art is not just history, it’s a vibrant and living culture and to enrich their understanding of the significance of art and its role in the creative and cultural industries. At KS4 and KS5 they then get to apply their developed skills to important art themes and to their own independent interests, which leads to highly individual and original work.

The Art Department is in extremely spacious accommodation at the top of the building that benefits from natural light and views into London, with a kiln room and two clay throwing wheels. Students are encouraged to come to art based enrichment clubs and know that we are here to support them in pursuing their creative interests both inside and out of lessons.

Year Group Artists, themes and cultures Materials, skills and outcomes
7 The Formal Elements, Yinka Shonibare, Colour Theory, Natural Forms, Kate Mallone, Urban Environment, Hundertwasser, Paul Klee Textiles, polyblock printing, mixed media group work, clay sculpture, painting, observational drawing, painting, mixed media painting, idea development.
8 Photography and Composition, Samuel Fosso, Seydou Keita, Julian Opie, Portraiture, Social and Cultural Identity, Grayson Perry, Street Art, Shepard Fairey Photography, monoprinting, ceramic vases, compositional analysis, mixed media collage, embroidery, pen drawing, stencilling, screenprinting.
9 The Principles of Design, Futurism and Movement, Kandinsky and Music, War and Conflict, Picasso, Propaganda, Collections, Still Life Collage, mixed media painting, sculpture, mark-making, clay sculptures, lino printing, illustration, observational drawing and painting, photography, recording.


Unit 1: Coursework Projects Food and Drink (30%)
Observational studies in a wide range of materials and processes to develop technical skills, leading to a brief-led final outcome.
Identity (30%)
Analysing artists work and exploring different visual styles.
Both [projects will require students to produce a final piece in conclusion to their sketchbook development.
Unit 2: Externally Set Assignment Exam question (40%)
Students select an exam question to explore through sketchbook work and produce a final piece in response to the theme.


KS5 follow the Eduqas qualifications board and fulfil assessment criteria through an in depth exploration of critical themes and concepts. This is combined with intense skills development through observation and applying a range of technical processes.



Design Technology Department

Design Technology is about creating, developing and understanding the world through designing and making in an innovative way. We strive for all students to acquire designing and making skills in a range of material areas to enable them to be confident to design, make and modify products for identified purposes, selecting and using material resources effectively. We also want for them to appreciate and consider the effects and implications of technological activity, encourage the understanding of industry and the world of commerce.

Within Design Technology there are four specialisms: Product Design, Food Technology, Textiles and Graphics. The department is equipped with four specialist rooms, CAD/CAM facilities and 3D printing. There is also a generous design studio where students work will be celebrated and displayed alongside sources of inspiration.

The subject of Design and Technology provides all students with the ability to identify a need, suggest possible solutions, and recognise the best solution with thoughtful designs. Students produce their designed outcomes and suggest improvements that might be made. The Design and Technology experience equips all students to function better in the ever-changing technological world we live in.



The Curriculum
Product Design:



Pewter Keyrings


Food Studies:

Food Studies Introduction

Healthy Eating

World Food



Sock Monkey

Monster Dolls

Gadget Case


Graphic Design:

Shoe Design



Current KS4 courses:

Hospitality and Catering

Food Prep and Nutrition

BTEC Art + Design: Textiles

Art + Design: 3D Product

Resistant Materials

All KS4 courses are made up of Coursework Units, and controlled conditions Exams Units. Some courses have a written theory exam paper.


Each has their own weightings and expectations, with specialist teachers.

In Key Stage 5 students complete a series of units with AQA Product Design 3D which is workshop and design base; supports further study at university or jobs in the design field.


We also offer BTEC Hospitality, which is a natural pathway for students interested in catering and food.





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