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Art and Design

"Art is not what you see, but what you make others see." Edgar Degas (1834-1917).



Art & Design at Tapton School is a vibrant department where students engage with a wide variety of materials, techniques, styles and traditions. Our core purpose is to equip students with the skills, knowledge and experiences that will enable them to develop their own ideas, concepts and responses in creative and appropriate ways.

Reasons to choose Tapton

Broad range of Media: Projects include work in pencil, paint, mixed media, photography, collage, batik, silk, felt, ceramics, 3D modelling and many many more.

Exciting Trips and Visits. Students have the opportunity to visit a number of local and national galleries and museums, linked to key themes of study, these help to inspire ideas and creativity. Trips include The Hepworth Gallery, Yorkshire Sculpture Park and Tate Modern and Britain. 

Supportive and Inclusive Department. We strive to make the Art & Design department an exciting and interesting journey, where all students can learn to enjoy the creative process. 

Destinations. Tapton School offers a number of Art and Design subjects at A-Level:

  • Art
  • Design Engineering
  • Product Design 

Students follow onto many Art and Design subject areas at University, these include fine art, fashion design, architecture, product design, theatre design and even medicine. 

Key Stage 3 Curriculum Content  

Students will be taught to develop and explore skills in a range of media and techniques throughout their Key Stage 3 study.

Year 7

  • Drawing
  • Colour theory
  • Ceramics
  • Painting
  • Collage
  • 3D Card Construction.

Key Projects:

 'Organic' – a ceramic piece inspired by observational work.

‘Jungle’ collage work where students work in groups to illustrate a passage from 'Lost World' by Arthur Conan Doyle.

'Non-Western Masks.'


Year 8

  • Observational Skills
  • Pattern Making
  • Lino printing
  • Batik and Embroidery
  • Portraiture.

Key projects:

‘Futurism and mechanical objects’ – a lino print design using complementary pairs lining with Sheffield’s Steel Industry.

‘Identity’ – Inspired by the work of Frida Khalo, Chuck Close, Maggie Hambling and Giacometti.


Year 9

  • Ceramics
  • Architecture and Construction
  • Still life
  • Photography
  • Figure drawing
  • Set and prop design.


‘Vanitas’ – photography, still life drawing and acrylic painting.

Live brief: Set and prop design for the school production.

Key Stage 4 Curriculum Content  

Students will study towards their GCSE through a mixture of coursework and controlled examinations. Tapton School follow the AQA specification. 

Year 10

Unit 1:

  • Students will complete a series of workshops that develop skills and techniques in a range of media
  • Students will research a range of artists including William Morris, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Peter Randall-Page, Art of Asia, Elizabeth Blackadder and many more
  • Students complete a 'Galleries' unit where they use their skills to respond to design briefs.

Unit 2: 

  • Students will explore aspects of 3D form and sculpture
  • Students will respond to a set of design briefs giving opportunities to work in areas of fine art, fashion, sculpture, graphics and photography.

Year 11

  • Students will build on the work completed in Y10 by building a portfolio folder, in addition to producing more challenging and polished final pieces
  • Students complete a mock exam in November, which will count towards their coursework assessment 
  • Students will receive their externally set assessment briefs immediately after the Christmas holidays and have 7-8 weeks to prepare for the exam 
  • The final task of Y11 is to exhibit all work, culminating in an exhibition evening open to friends, family and relatives.



To find out what we offer KS5 Students please see the below link.




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