At Netherhall we study art by looking, thinking, reacting, trialing, experimenting and playing, we enjoy discovering how to design, create and visually respond to an ever-changing world. We are surrounded by art and design every minute of the day, through advertising, television, fashion, design, lifestyle, theatre and film...

We pose questions and find answers, we challenge and analyse art gaining knowledge, building confident gifted creative thinkers and brilliant art students.

We develop your creative powers, personal judgments, critical and independent thinking skills, through learning about the diverse roles and functions of art. We examine different eras and cultures, understanding and appreciating the power and enrichment of the visual arts.

“ART promotes skills, knowledge and attitudes that employers value, including creative & critical thinking, collaboration, communication, social confidence and cultural sensitivity. Art is taught to achieve a balanced education with Sciences, the Humanities, English, Maths, Languages, Technology, Music, Drama and PE.” Sir Ken Robinson International Adviser on Education & Best selling author.

In Key Stage 3 we follow The National Curriculum for England. DFES/QCA guidance.
The Key stage 3 Art syllabus promotes: creative thinking, enquiring adventurous minds and provides an outlet for self-expression. We encourage appreciation of a broad range of artists, makers and other cultures. In the art studios you will develop visual skills, allowing you to draw, paint, print, sculpt and digitally explore your ideas. You will respond to exciting starting points and artistic movements inspired by a range of contemporary and traditional artists.

At Netherhall your sketchpad plays an integral part in the art lessons. The sketchpad is where you record ideas, present studio work and monthly homework tasks. These build independent study skills, through observational drawing, research of personal ideas and artist studies.


We welcome you in the first term to present yourself as a cartoon caricature. This creative journey allows the study of geometric shapes, colour theory, handling paint, collage and an introduction to Photoshop and digital art.


The Art courses in Year 7 & 8 prepare you for the start of GCSE in Year 9


In Key Stage 4 we follow Pearson/Edexcel Art & Design GCSE syllabus. The GCSE Art & Design course is two units: Coursework 60% Exam 40%

YEAR 10:

Your Art GCSE will start as a foundation Course. In the first term you will take part in tutor-led workshops that will introduce you to a full range of materials and creative approaches. This will give you the confidence to explore and develop skills in both 2D and 3D forms.
Drawing, Design, Sculpture, Fashion, Portraits, Textiles, Illustration, Graphics, Collage, Printing, Digital, Photography, Ceramics, Painting & Architecture.

YEAR 11:

In the first term you will work independently exploring the theme ‘Identity’, visually demonstrating ideas and skills in handling media. You will record from sources and artists’ works building your sketchpad up to your final piece.  In January you will begin work on the external exam question by preparing ideas in your sketchpad during Art lessons and with your teacher’s help. Your final piece will be produced in a 10-hour practical exam over two days.

In Key Stage 5 we offer Art & Photography courses.

Art courses follow Pearson/Edexcel Art & Design A Level syllabus, we offer ART & Design and Fine Art courses. Photography follows The Welsh board Photography syllabus. The courses are two units: Coursework 60% Exam 40%

Art students work across any combination of disciplines including, Painting, Drawing, Mixed Media, Printmaking, Photography, Sculpture, Fine Art Illustration, Graphics, Textiles, Design and Craft.

Photography students cover Lens based image making, animation, Photoshop and Dark Room practice.

Art Clubs: We have various activities and special projects where students can explore their creativity, expand their knowledge and experience different media.

We also offer a homework club for those who would like to make use of the department’s excellent facilities.

Art Festival & Shows: At the end of the school year we celebrate the achievements of the GCSE & A Level Art & Photography students with an exhibition where we join forces with Drama and Music to create the Art Festival.

Galleries: Each year we visit several galleries both locally and further afield, giving the chance to experience Art beyond the studio.  During these excursions we have direct contact with creative professionals such as Grayson Perry, Anthony Gormley and Quentin Blake. Our A Level students have previously experienced Art and its influence on the world, with trips abroad; visiting Berlin, Venice, Paris & Barcelona.

Jacqueline Williams
Head of Arts Faculty
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Claudine Schofield
Art Teacher
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Alan Courcha
Head of Photography
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Richard Morgan
Technician (DT and Art)
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