Art, Design and Textiles


The Art department is fully committed to supporting Beauchamps High School's family values and not only ensuring all students have access to a diverse and creative curriculum but that they develop resilience, confidence and effective communication skills. We encourage the students to be individuals and to try new skills without the fear of failure.

Our curriculum is full of different medias and processes; we hope that each student will find one which they can embrace. Imagination is the core of all good designs and all our staff are committed to helping make the students' ideas a reality.

Through trips and workshops students are exposed to the creative opportunities available to them; either in further education or career paths. These activities also promote teamwork and problem- solving skills.

Year 7

Year 7 begin their year with basic drawing skills, realising the uses of tone and shape. There are many methods of teaching drawing so we are able to engage all types of learners. Students research Paul Cezanne and use his work to explore still life and watercolour. They will be introduced to colour theory and use this to analyse one of his paintings in depth. During the second part of the year, students learn about illustration and how it differs from Fine Art. Students will learn about Beatrix Potter and use her as inspiration to design their own artwork, accompanying a story written by other Beauchamps High School students about their first experiences at the school.

We also offer a lunchtime Art club where students can relax, make friends and show off any artistic interests that they may have. There is a focus of team work, exploring new ideas and involvement in whole school projects.

Year 8

Students continue their journey into creative industries by learning of the link between Fine Art and the Film Industry. We analyse characters from the much-loved film ‘Fantastic Beasts’. Students use the basic drawing skills from year 7 and develop their tonal and mark making knowledge designing their own creature. Students learn how to present their ideas to their peers, take part in group discussions and communicate their thoughts visually. By exploring concept artists, students can see the role that they play in the film making world. Gaining understanding of three-dimensional art, students use their designs to produce a clay version of their fantastic beast just as the prop artists on the Harry Potter set. Within the second half of the year, our goal is to show students a wealth of different medias and processes. They begin to look at Michael Craig Martin and playfully develop his style by experimenting with printmaking and sgraffitto. Students are encouraged to put their own personality, likes and interests into their inspired designs.


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V & A Museum Trip and a Sculpture workshop with artist Nicola Burrell

Year 9 Art

Students learn about the uses of Art in different cultures, focusing on body decoration. Students learn the history of tattoos, their origins, cultural links and think about why people may or may not have them. Students discover how an image can say a thousand words by looking into symbolism and how many symbols are used in body art designs. Using positive life quotes students will develop their own ideas, whilst learning new paint skills and how to use acrylic techniques to realise their designs. To show their understanding of body art and new skills, students will create a Modroc cast of an area of the body to decorate using their design. Furthering student thoughts on body image they then look at photoshop; re-touching technology and its effects through social media. At this age many students are conscious of the way they look, many students have access to social media and we feel it is important to show the students how re-touching imagery has made celebrity role models, in some cases more works of fiction rather than a heathy body goal. Moreover, students explore portraiture using their analysis skills and concluding for themselves if beauty or meaning makes a portrait more effective. Students will learn how to draw and paint portraits and importantly, develop their own outcome at the end of the project.

Year 9 Textiles

Year 9 textiles is designed to expose the students to a wide range of Textile techniques. This gives them an advantage if they choose to take Textiles at GSCE, as they can then develop prior knowledge gained in this year. The projects focus is ‘Beach’ this allows us to explore their local coastline and look at interesting sea life forms. The students will look at how to record on fabric using fabric paint, stitch techniques, embellishing, silk painting and sewing machine skills. They will look at beach related textile artists and fashion pieces to develop their own bag and clothing. Year 9 Textiles students will also use keywords, analysis skills and knowledge of colour theory learnt in their previous Art lessons to help them create successful visual artworks.

Year 10 Art & Textiles

Students begin their coursework portfolio from the beginning of year 10 and this collection of work continues to year 11 and is worth 60% of the GCSE. In Art, the portfolio of work is designed around the project ‘Myself’ so work can play to the strengths and interests of each student. For Textiles, the project is ‘Close up’, which is also individually interpreted by the student. They begin the project by mind mapping ideas. Students then choose from a range of artists and textile designers to study. The first goal is to fully understand and analyse these creative practitioners; a skill that students have developed from year 7. By looking at the artists first, students are able to quickly form ideas for their own works. Using visual communication skills from year 8 the students are able to explain and develop these ideas clearly in their portfolios. To refine and develop outcomes the students will collect primary and secondary sources such as photo’s, drawing and media experiments.

Teachers offer group workshops teaching further refining techniques in a range of media. Art students are encouraged to explore different paint, printmaking and 3D processes, building on previous years' knowledge. Textiles students will explore felting, fabric paint, printing and mixed media processes. At each stage students have a dedicated teacher to support and encourage. Parental involvement is very beneficial and through their parents, students progress is improved. For this reason, we offer workshops to parents. During the workshops assessment objectives and technical skills are explored whilst celebrating students work work and brainstorming further ideas linking to their interests outside of school. Trips and visits are planned to inspire the students and show them the wider world of art. Our goal as always is to have confident, happy and creative students.

Year 11 Art & Textiles

The coursework portfolio which students started in year 10 continues until January of Year 11. This allows students refine and develop it using more sophisticated skills. Year 11 students in both Art and Textiles should now have a large selection of different media experiments, processes and ideas recorded in their portfolio. In Year 11, students will need to identify their strengths within these skills and plan larger outcomes which will be exhibited at the end of the year for the examiner. These pieces are evidence that the student has realised intentions and created something original and personal using the work in their portfolios. The exam board will then release the exam papers to students. These papers have many options for the student to choose, for example Networks or the Wonders of Nature. All are quite varied and allow students to explore something they are interested in. The students will have until April to create a portfolio of work related to the theme they have chosen from the exam paper. Similarly, the coursework component, students are marked on their research of relevant artists and how they have used them in their own work. Using them and primary observations of these artists, students fefine their ideas into one personal and meaningful response. This meaningful response is created in a 10-hour exam, but prior to this the students will have practiced techniques in their portfolios. This preparation work is taken in to the exam with them so they are prepared before they go in.


Exhibition of GCSE Art work 2018


Paper Dress Workshop in Year 9

Year 12 & 13 Art and Textiles

Key Stage 5 allows for students to explore their own ‘Personal Investigations’. We offer students starting points to which they develop into a personal journey, making the transition from GCSE to A Level less daunting and allowing the students to start working in an area they have a passion for. Students are encouraged to explore more challenging themes and techniques which lead into more complex and varied outcomes. The structure of work needed to succeed in A level is very similar to the GCSE structure. Students begin by looking at artists, explore media and skill, develop these into a personal response. The depth in which they need to understand the artist's work and their own is at a more complex level as you would expect, but students can use GCSE knowledge and formats to help them. Students will create a portfolio of coursework which is 60% of their A level followed by an exam project and finally a 15-hour exam. Prior to the exam, students will know exactly what they are doing and will have practiced the skills necessary to create the outcome that they have chosen. Opportunities are provided to visit exhibitions, artist open events and talks to enable deeper insight into their chosen field and encourage independence. We provide high-quality, one to one teaching and equip students with the skills needed for university and a variety of different career paths. Sixth Form students are also encouraged to work with younger students and be involved in the Art Committee projects and extra-curricular activities.


Investing in giving all of our students the opportunities to have new experiences; visiting museums, galleries and different places result in wider ideas being developed and more interesting and diverse work to be created. Students will have visits through the year, linking to the work that they produce in school. We are extremely proud of our students and will enter them in national art competitions. Students also have an opportunity to join our Art Committee; a group who will work with staff on community projects and use their artistic talents in the wider running's of the school. They will have the opportunities to design and create the stages for drama and music productions, to mentor younger students and be ambassadors for the department.


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Key Stage 3

Students can make an educated decision on whether to continue Art at a higher level, as they have developed all the skills that they need. The students have gained confidence in themselves, are willing to try new things and know that as long as you learn from a mistake it was of value. Students understand how and why Art has existed for thousands of years, they identify visual communication techniques used by artists in their work and they can see how Art is relevant in many careers available in contemporary life. From year 7 to year 9 the students have collected a portfolio of work in one book meaning that they and their teachers can visually see their progress over the three years and at the end of KS3 the students have evidence of their strengths and abilities.

Key Stage 4

After completion of the Art or Textile GCSE students will be independent thinkers. They can confidentially present ideas, carry out research and have excellent communication skills. They will be ready for their next adventure, whether that is to explore art in future courses or not. Having a well rounded knowledge of Art History, cultural influences and messages within Art, we hope they have empathy and understanding of the many people they will come into contact with throughout their lives. For those who will continue their artistic journey there will be a large portfolio of work demonstrating their knowledge of media and skill for any interview or workplace they seek, a result of all their hard work.

Key Stage 5

Students have a wealth of knowledge; they are confident enough to be individual. Ready for interviews and places of work. As young adults they will have the ability to think creatively, communicate ideas in a sophisticated manner and have excellent time management skills. Leaving Beauchamps High School with confidence, resilience and a love of Art.


Students feel valued and part of the wider ethos of the school. They are proud that their skills are shown in many of the school productions. The students form a sense of responsibility and become role models to our other students. Working with staff they truly feel part of our family and have a safe, fun and stimulating place to use their imaginations. Students work well as a team, form friendships and make lots of good memories.

Student Feedback

Carly P - "Studying Textiles at Beauchamps was an enjoyable experience and inspired me to continue to study it at Norwich University of the Arts. I learnt countless skills within the subject; using a sewing machine, dying fabrics, batik and interpreting artists work. Furthermore, Sixth Form Art/Textiles students have their own work space which is perfect to use during independant study. I found the teachers made the subject exciting. They were extremely supportive and attentive, this enabled me to feel comfortable to talk to them about any concerns I had. I can see myself becoming an Art/Textiles teacher in the future as I would love to leave the same mark on students my teachers left on me."  

Daisy B - "I would highly recommend studying Art/Textiles at Beauchamps High School. The teachers supported me and my work, giving honest opinions and advice from the start. Not only is Art a subject where you can express yourself but the teachers encourage this- giving positive feedback to guide you into the next path of work- without this I would not have been able to achieve my target grades. After my A-Levels were finished I decided on a gap year, where I worked full time in Retail. I am starting university in September studying Interior Design at one of London’s top universities for Art. Without achieving an A in Textiles at A-Level I would not have been able to study my dream course or achieve what I am hoping to in the future career-wise, with the dream of being a freelance interior design and decorator. I learnt so many lifelong skills in the 4 years I studied Textiles at Beauchamps, in both GCSE and A-Level, which I will be able to apply in different aspects of life - not only in my university course.