Course Content

In Year 7 and 8 students focus on the concepts of line, tone, pattern, texture, form and colour, with each year building upon the knowledge and understanding of the previous year. Projects may be 2 or 3 dimensional, developing skills in Painting and Drawing. Students then follow schemes of work, which  focus on learning transferable skills which can be used across the curriculum.

Staff List

Mr P. Howesp.howes@stokesleyschool.org01642 718572
Miss S. Colemans.coleman@stokesleyschool.org01642 718572
Mr S. Heslops.heslop@stokesleyschool.org01642 718572
Mrs M. Stanleym.stanley@stokesleyschool.org01642 718572


Assessment is an integral part of teaching and learning within Stokesley School Art department.

Students’ work is assessed at least once per half term and contributes to their learning by identifying strengths and areas for improvement. Students are expected to respond to this feedback.

Students are told the level they are working at each half term and this is recorded in their sketchbooks to enable them to see their own progress.

Students are assessed on how well they-

  • produce creative work, explore their ideas and record their experiences
  • become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques
  • evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design
  • know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.

Students also assess their own and their peers’ work, identifying strengths as well as aspects of the work that can be improved. Measures are always taken to ensure that feedback is constructive and the validity of the comments is checked by the teacher.

Independent Learning

Independent learning skills are a vital tool for aspiring art students, enabling them to take on challenges, explore ideas and produce work that is truly personal and unique. In order to help students develop these skills, all projects are designed to be open ended with a shared starting point leading to diverse outcomes.

At key Stage 3, projects typically begin with the introduction of new skills and techniques along with discussion of how artists, craftspeople and designers have applied these skills in different ways. Students are then challenged to explore these ideas further, relating them to aspects of their own experience, and through their exploration find their own personal expression. Homework is used to support independent learning through research tasks and extended projects.

At key Stage 4, Students are able to apply these skills and develop them further, enjoying even greater freedom to explore their own ideas and to interpret the work of other artists. Increasingly homework becomes negotiated with, rather than set by, the teacher. Throughout the course students take responsibility for their portfolio of work, ensuring it is completed to a high standard.

How parents can help

Look at the sketchbook, read the teacher’s comments and check that the student has responded to the comments.

Ensure they have the materials they need to produce good quality artwork, a set of coloured pencils and a tin of paints make good presents for students interested in art.

The art departments sells good quality, inexpensive paints, pencils and sketchbooks.

Help your child get organised to do homework, look at their planner to make sure they are using it properly.

Check that homework is of good quality and that research information is not copied and pasted. There are guidelines in the booklet in the back of the student’s sketchbook.

Visit an art gallery to see original art work.