Art and Design

Department Staff


The Art and Design department at Lincoln Castle Academy provides a lively and stimulating environment where students have the opportunity to create work using a range of media and techniques and be inspired a range of artists and art movements.

Teaching ensures that students investigate, explore and develop their ideas and skills through individual and collaborative work. Projects are designed to build on prior learning and allow progression with regular opportunities to use ICT and digital media.

The teachers within the Art Department are artists in their own right and offer the fruits of their own practical experience.

To ensure a varied experience of artistic techniques and skills taught, the schemes of work for each year group are carefully compiled. We maximise opportunities for progression from one year group to the next by regularly updating new projects building on prior learning.

Department Successes

2017 A-Level Results

2017 KS4 Results

Department Facilities

The department has four large classrooms:

  • AR 1: general classroom
  • AR 2: general classroom with access to printing press
  • AR 3: pottery and sixth form art room with access to two electric potters’ wheels and two separate sink areas; the sixth form also have an extra storage and work room
  • AR 4: large classroom used as a photography studio and has 24 networked computers
  • The department has a collection of DSLR cameras that students can use; it also has photographic lighting and studio equipment.

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Year 7

  • Drawing and mark making: students look at cave art, use a range of drawing media, explore observational drawing, learn about the elements in Art and Design and produce imaginative drawings using dip pens and ink including looking at Van Gogh’s marks within his brush strokes.
  • Colour and Perspective: students learn about colour theory inspired by the work of Seurat, Derain and Lowry exploring perspective and various techniques.
  • Ceramics: students use digital photography, develop ideas from observation and imagination and create a clay gargoyle.

Year 8

  • Cubism: producing observational drawings and inspired by Cubism, students developed their own piece of artwork from various media.
  • Relief organic buildings: students research and investigate buildings focusing on Hundertwasser and Gaudi. They will then design and create a building in relief from cardboard and collage based on natural forms.
  • Repeat Pattern: students develop a repeat pattern inspired by William Morris. Once produced designs will be taken into print using the reduction printing method.

Year 9

  • Ceramics: students look at the work of Kandinsky gaining an understanding of artwork inspired by music. They develop abstract designs which they develop into a clay sculpture.
  • Identity: students analyse who they are and how they can represent themselves in their artwork producing a final realisation inspired by various artists such as Freda Kahlo, Francis Bacon and Lucy Jones.
  • Graffiti: Inspired by illuminated letters, Jon Burgerman and various graffiti artists students develop their understanding of design.

Students can choose to study GCSE Art and Design or GCSE Photography or both!

Course work is 60% of the GCSE and consists of a project based upon a theme. The GCSE practical examination forms 40% of the course. Students produce preparation work in response to a starting point and create a final piece in the 10 hour examination period.

When studying GCSE Art and Design students will work in a variety of media including painting, glass fusing, ceramics, three-dimensional construction.

When studying GCSE Photography students will work in a variety of media.

Students follow the AQA A-Level Art and Design or A-Level Photography. This course is run over two years though students may opt to complete just the AS level.

AS Level

This forms 50% of the A Level course. Students complete two units of work.

  • Unit 1 is the portfolio where students select a range of work to be assessed.
  • Unit 2 is a terminal task where students produce preparation work in response to a starting point and create development work in a five hour examination period.

A- Level

Students complete a further two units of work.

  • Unit 3 is the Personal investigation where students follow a theme in more depth and have to include a written piece too.
  • Unit 4 is the terminal task where students produce preparation work in response to a starting point and create a final piece in the fifteen hour examination period.


All art work is marked internally by the Art department staff before being externally moderated by an AQA examiner. Students have to work to deadlines. In past years moderators have described the school as having an “exceptionally lively course” which is “exciting and creative” and say “the centre is to be congratulated on the particularly high standard of the visual presentation”.

Our Ethos and Values

At Lincoln Castle Academy, we value:

Hard work, perseverance and academic excellence

The development of character, compassion and responsible citizenship

Ourselves, each other and boundless ambition