Art and Design

How the course is structured: 

Students study five Art and Technology projects in a year, all assessed in the same way - with the same conceptual, theoretical, and technical skills - but through different disciplines of design. They study one fine art project, one in product design and one in textiles. Additionally, students take a cookery course at some point in the year, taught by Miss Ford. In year8 and 9, students also study graphic design. 

Assessment objectives: 

In all four  projects students are assessed in the same way, with marks weighted equally between four overarching skills. These are matched to the GCSE courses in art, graphics, textiles, photography and product design to ensure students are well prepared for entering Year 10. 

The four assessment objectives are: 

  • AO1: Analyse the work of artists and designers 
  • AO2: Develop and test ideas through experimentation 
  • AO3: Drawing and recording ideas 
  • AO4: Create a final outcome 

Teaching Staff: 

We are fortunate to have a staff with a wide range of experience and specialisms, including photography, illustration, painting, printmaking, fashion, carpentry and ceramics. Most teachers run classes in several disciplines to ensure a regular flow of ideas, with a spirit of development present in each project. This staffing helps students to recognise the overlap between the different areas of art and design at Burlington Danes. 

  • Year 7 Fine Art: Ms Bell, Ms Moroco/Ms Defoe 
  • Year 7 Textiles: Ms Robson 
  • Year 7 Product Design: Mr Rogers 
  • Year 8 Fine Art: Ms Bell 
  • Year 8 Textiles: Ms Robson 
  • Year 8 Product Design: Mr Rogers 
  • Year 8 Graphics: Ms Moroco/Ms Defoe 
  • Year 9 Fine Art: Ms Bell 
  • Year 9 Textiles: Ms Robson 
  • Year 9 Product Design: Mr Rogers 
  • Year 9 Graphics: Ms Moroco/Ms Defoe 
  • Year 9 Photography: Ms Shah 


Cooking at Burlington Danes sits within the Art and Technology Faculty but is somewhat separate from it. Our course seeks to teach students to cook healthy food in their home and adult lives, and to teach this in an applied and practical manner. We want our students to learn a range of recipes and cookery skills that will enable them to cook responsibly and economically in adult life. Students are then well prepared to take GCSE Hospitality and Catering



Year 7 Schemes of Work Overview

Y7 Art 1

Title: Cubism and Portraiture

Artists: Picasso, Braque and Gris

Key Works: Picasso's 'Weeping Woman' and 'Guernica'

Concepts: tone, colour mixing

Media: pencil, watercolour, collage

Skills: observation, painting, tracing, precise pencil drawing

Key LO by AO

  • AO1: Using evidence to support/justify analysis.
  • AO2: the colour wheel and how to mix colours.
  • AO3: Balance between observation and drawing. Using a variety of marks and tones in drawing. It's not all about line (or outlines!)
  • AO4: Turn page to see edge. Blending and correcting in watercolour.

Y7 Art 2

Title: Still Life

Artists: Hans Holbein the younger, African/Cubist links, an assortment of 20th Century sculptors

Key Works: Holbein's 'The Ambassadors', Picasso's 'African' masks

Concepts: form, space, texture, materiality

Media: colour pencil, clay, wire Skills: detailed observation, collage, constructing in wire/thread, slab construction in clay and carving away

Key LO by AO

  • AO1: Describing symbols and meaning in artworks. Making links between artists from different time periods.
  • AO2: Developing works from one media by using a different media/process
  • AO3: Representing 3D forms as drawings
  • AO4: Refining and finishing clay, and the properties/contrasts etc of multiple materials placed alongside

Y7 Textiles

Pop Art Stencil Printing: looking at characteristics of Pop Art as inspiration to create final outcome two layer stencil print.

  • AO1: Linking artists to the time and culture they are from.
  • AO2: Testing techniques to decide how you use them in an outcome.
  • AO3: Drawing Reflections and Shadows
  • AO4: Organising a multi-stage process i.e. Independence

Y7 Product Design

Creature feature project: developing basic skills in product analysis, user needs analysis, prototyping and practical skills using saws.

Y7 Catering

Learning the fundamentals: Health and safety; measuring; tasting; cutting; equipment and how to use it and following recipes.

Year 8 Schemes of Work Overview

Y8 Art

Title: Chris Ofili Cultural Superheroes

Artists: Chris Ofili

Key Works: 'No Woman, No Cry'

Concepts: pattern, colour, shape, decoration

Media: pencil drawing, monoprinting, oil pastel resist, poster paints or watercolours for decoration Skills: monoprinting by tracing including tone, watercolour blending

Key LO by AO

  • AO1: Selecting specific details from a set of works, and using the title of those works to support/justify analysis. Cultural/contextual readings of artworks.
  • AO2: Developing a technique through experimentation. Annotating designs.
  • AO3: Proportion (specifically of the human form)
  • AO4: Mixed media, realising a design, working from back to front in terms of layers

Y8 Graphics

Analysing a Contemporary artist: Michael Craig Martin; produce drawing in the style of the artist.   Recognising symbolism in Art. Studying ‘The Ambassadors’ by Hans Holbein.

Designing packaging lettering and images.

Y8 Textiles

Title: Crazy Creatures

Artists: Hopi Dolls, Cartoon characters

Key Works: (none specifically)

Concepts: shape, pattern

Media: appliqué, felting, wadding

Skills: stitching, batik, stuffing, sewing, embellishment, machine stitching

Key LO by AO

  • AO1: Analysing cultural artefacts
  • AO2: Developing an idea through multiple drawings, drawing from imagination
  • AO3: Drawing texture
  • AO4: Combining media and processes

Y8 Product Design

Phone holder project: developing skills in product analysis, user needs analysis, plastics theory, prototyping and CAD (2D Design).

Y8 Catering

Following recipes and instructions and then adapting into own recipe. Develop fundamental skills and terminology.

Year 9 Schemes of Work Overview

Y9 Art

Title: Natural Forms Sculpture

Artists: Peter Randall-Page, Magdalene Odundo

Key Works: Peter Randall-Page, ‘Seed’

Concepts: form, space, texture Media: pencil/ink (for drawing), monoprinting, clay

Skills: drawing from observation, designing through maquettes, coiling & more complex clay techniques

Key LO by AO

  • AO1: Independent research into artists
  • AO2: Transferring 2D ideas into 3 dimensions
  • AO3: Varying focus of drawings to match media and subject
  • AO4: Constructing and Refining Ceramics

Y9 Graphics

Branding: looking at famous brands. Develop drawing and designing techniques as well as an understanding of what makes a successful logo. Learn about calligraphy, typography, and colour.  Design a business card.
Designing for a target group:  Design a flyer for a music or food festival using skills learnt.

Y9 Textiles

Title: Experimenting with Textiles Artists: Chris Ofili

Key Works: a range of his paintings

Concepts: colour, texture, materiality, pattern Media: appliqué, transfers, embroidery

Skills: stitching, weaving, printing, appliqué

Key LO by AO

  • AO1: Analysing through practical experimentation
  • AO2: Testing a range of techniques and annotating
  • AO3: Drawing pattern and repetition
  • AO4: Combining techniques and media effectively

Y9 Product Design

Trinket box project: developing skills in technical drawing, market research, timber theory, knoweldge of tools, practical wood working skills and CAD (Google sketchup).

Trinket box project plus clock project: developing skills in design theory, product analysis, CAD (2D Design), components analysis, design development sketching, testing and evaluation.

Y9 Photography

Shorter Project
Dreams and Movement: Developing skills and knowledge in the following areas: including Shutter Speed Priority, Animation, Photoshop Editing, research and analysis

Extended Project
As above plus an introduction to portraiture, developing skills in experimentation and learning about different lenses and aperture priority.

Y9 Catering

Independent work that includes: food investigation, preparation, planning and cooking of a dish. Nutritional facts based on a menu.