Head of Department: Mrs Garner

Teachers: Mrs Gerring and Miss Shrubb
Technician: Mrs Blow


The aims of Burnham Grammar School Art Department are:

  •  To enable students to become visually literate: to use and understand art as a form of visual and tactile communication and to have confidence and competence in reading and evaluating images and artefacts.
  • To develop particular creative and technical skills, so that ideas can be realised and artefacts produced.
  • To develop students’ aesthetic sensibilities and enable them to make informed judgements about art. 
  • To develop students’ capacity for imaginative and original thought and experimentation.
  • To develop students’ capacity to learn about and observe the world in which they live.
  • To develop students’ ability to articulate and communicate ideas, opinions and feelings about their own work and that of others.
  • To develop students’ design capability.
  • To develop students’ ability to value the contribution made by artists, craftsworkers and designers and to respond thoughtfully, critically and imaginatively to ideas, images and objects of many kinds and from many cultures.

Key Stage 3

YR 7

Students are introduced to the formal elements of art (tone, line, shape, colour, form, texture).

They complete three projects:  Organic structures, Michael Craig Martin and World Cultures.  Making collaborative outcomes, learning how to mix and apply paint and manipulating paper to make 3 dimensional artefacts.


Students continue to explore the formal elements through two projects:  

Manga; where they build on their drawing and mark making skills through looking at manga and Pop artist Roy Lichtenstein.

Roa; where they learn about visual and actual texture through emulating the work of street artist Roa.


Key Stage 4

We currently follow the Edexcel syllabus. It awards 60% of the overall mark for coursework and the remaining 40% for the examination. This syllabus provides enough dimension and scope to allow all interested students to grow and develop into young artists.

Years 9-11

Students complete three projects that may be submitted for their Personal Portfolio (which constitutes 60% of their GCSE grade).

Organic Forms, Architectural Structures and Fears and Phobias.  These projects enable students to interact with a variety of subject matter and consider a breadth of ideas.  They are encouraged to experiment with media and develop their ideas with a growing level of independence in preparation for their Externally Set Assignment.


Key Stage 5

We currently follow the Edexcel syllabus at A level. The course enables students to produce practical and contextual work in one or more area including painting, drawing, mixed media, sculpture installation, printmaking, film, animation and photography. Students will have the opportunity to build upon previous experiences and interests explored at GCSE and are encouraged to be independent in their learning, choosing their own direction. 

Fine Art is produced as an outcome of the student’s personal experience, rather than for a practical function. Work produced will demonstrate the use of formal elements and creative skills and gives visual form to individual thought, feelings, observations and ideas.

Students will show evidence of trying to extend their own and others’ ways of seeing the world. Students look in depth at the work of other artists and advance their use of various media through sustained investigation and experimentation.

Students explore a theme and begin by analysing the work of relevant artists; this involves making regular gallery visits and using the internet for research. Practical investigation starts with students recording what they see and experience, which includes drawing and photography. Ideas are developed through the selection and use of various media, working on different scales. Their final artwork must be a personal and coherent response showing a connection to the work of others. Most units are predominantly practical, although students write an illustrated long essay on a chosen topic in year 13.


Year 10 students visit the Stanley Spencer Gallery, including a guided tour of Cookham.

Various other trips for other years to the London Gallery also take place. 

The department also collaborates with other organisations, such as the Victoria and Albert Museum, to enrich pupils learning experience.


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