Art and Design at Abbs Cross Academy offers students the opportunity to develop their creativity by using a range of skills in a wide variety of contexts. We aim to inspire and challenge students, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment and express their own ideas with confidence.

The Art department has high expectations of students and we have created a well-resourced and stimulating environment within two specialist classrooms, where success and achievement are valued and celebrated. Art & Design is a popular choice at GCSE. Students have a good success rate, with exam results in line with or exceeding the National average. Last year 72% of candidates achieved a grade 4 or above with a number of students achieving on average higher grades in art then in other subjects. Each year a number of students go onto study art related subjects and then continue their studies at degree level.

In line with The National Curriculum for Art and Design we ensure that all students;

  • produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording 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
  • are aware of significant artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.

Students respond to the work of a range of artists and critical studies is an integral part of all projects allowing pupils to make a response to artwork through written word and discussion. They are introduced to a wide range of styles from different cultures and periods and learn to appreciate the visual world around them. Students are fortunate to have major London museums and galleries within easy reach and are encouraged to visit these as a source of inspiration.

Outside the classroom

The Art Department is open 2 lunchtimes a week to students from both key stages in order to encourage and facilitate independent working, plus we are always keen to help students explore individual areas of interest.

Support for your learning

Art is a demanding and challenging subject which is enhanced through independent and personal engagement. We actively encourage pupils to visit London museums and galleries, many of which are free to the public and offer holiday and family workshops. We encourage students to become aware of art in the news and we appreciate the support of parents in discussing artists and themes being studied.  We recommend a range of London museums and galleries and in particular the following: