Our aim


“You can’t use up creativity, the more you use the more you have” Oscar Wild


The Colne School of Art believes that everyone is creative, everyone has ideas, but how best can we communicate those ideas to the world using visual language?

We aim to make Art accessible to all through a varied curriculum that encourages exploration; cultivating students who are resilient, independent, and culturally aware with a sense of discovery. We hope our students leave having gained life-long skills in being able to explore and communicate ideas.


“Art is the most intense form of individualism that the world has known”


Every artist is different and we encourage pupils to be creative, take risks and develop their own artistic style to help communicate individual ideas. Our teachers aim to inspire students through exciting lessons that celebrate student’s work and make Art engaging and enjoyable to all students.

Curriculum Journey

This is a map to show the learning journey in Art/Photography from year 6 through to further education and possible careers.

ART Curriculum map 2021-2022.pdf

Overview of the learning journey in Art

Year 7

Year 7 and 8 students study three projects, one each term. I, Me, Mine is an exploration of self-portraiture, developing drawing skills, use of facial proportions, basic painting and colour theory. In the Formal Elements of Art project students explore the use of line, tone, shape, colour and pattern in artist’s work , developing skills with different media, experiment with applying the formal elements and also look at 20th Century Art History. Finally, students learn about Perspective and Composition, developing knowledge and application of linear, visual, aerial perspective and foreshortening

Year 8

In Chiaroscuro, students explore exaggerated tone in Art and Photography to create a still life drawing and experiment with printmaking to create a background for their still life. In Op Art they develop knowledge of the Op Art movement, create a large Karan Singh inspired artwork, refine Oil pastel skills. Finally, students learn about Surreal Perspective and Sculpture, developing skills needed to make Surreal artworks and learn about a range of modern artists that will inspire an abstract sculpture design.

Year 9

Year 9 Art is a foundation year where students recap some of the fundamental skills needed to draw and paint, plus starting to learn how to develop independent ideas. In Pop Art they develop knowledge of the Art movement, create a large Lichtenstein inspired artwork, refine painting skills and experiment with digital art inspired by Warhol. Masterworks; a more independent project where pupils extend their investigative art skills and learn how to develop and refine a personal idea inspired by a chosen classic artwork. Students will study Pattern and Repetition in Photography as part of a rotating carousel of GSCE option subjects. They will analysis photographers work, learn how take photographs using a DSLR camera and use Photoshop to edit and enhance their photographs.

Year 10

Year 10 Art is all about students learning to take creative risks, deliver messages and meaning in Art and begin to find their own emerging style. It begins with Propaganda Art; looking at the work of Shepard Fairey, Barbara Kruger and Grayson Perry to create a 2D and 3D piece that expresses personal views and opinions. A Sense of Place; learning how artists have been inspired by the world around them and developing landscape drawing and painting skills. In the summer term of year 10 students begin preparation for a mock exam based on the previous year’s externally set theme, past themes have included Fragments, Reflections and Events. They sit the 5 hour mock exam at the end of year 10.

Year 11

From September students work on their major project Expressionism; pupils develop mark-making skills and expressive painting skills learning to become more confident with brushstrokes. Finally, the Externally Set Assignment; a theme set by the exam board, students have 10 weeks to prepare a project and final idea, then 10 hours in exam conditions to create their piece.