Vision and Philosophy


“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 Photography

Year 10

GCSE Photography begins with an Introduction to Photography project where students learn the fundamental skills needed to use a camera, use Photoshop and understand photographs. From there, students explore three foundation projects- Composing a Photograph; Looking in detail at techniques to frame the perfect image. Colour; exploring how a knowledge of colour theory can enhance photographs. Light and Shade; pupils develop more in depth knowledge of lighting methods such as long exposure, dappled light and chiaroscuro.

Student are encouraged to take creative risks, experiment more with their images and develop original methods of presenting photographic pieces.

Larger projects studied in year 10 are A Bigger Picture; using the concepts of David Hockney to explore composite photographs used to convey more than the traditional image. Abstraction; exploring methods used to create non-objective images. Pupils will experiment with extreme macro images and capturing movement.

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 Identity; pupils experiment with hand rendering methods over photographs inspired by Rankin’s Destroy project. They also learn how to take self-portraits, beyond the selfie. 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.