Art & Design


Curriculum Leader: Mr T Rigg

We have a lively and successful Art & Design department at Fulford. Students enjoy their art lessons and create a multitude of outcomes from exciting starting points and themes. The majority of our students, who study the subject at ‘A’ level, continue to further and higher education and to careers in the creative industry.

We have three good-sized art rooms, each with its own smart board and networked internet access; we also have a digital photography studio, sixth form workspace and a ceramics and 3D area.

Each teacher brings their own interests and experience to provide a rich and varied experience for our students. We offer a wide range of expertise, including painting, printmaking, 2D and 3D design, ceramics, photography and art history. We encourage all students to use the art rooms at lunch times and to work on their art and design at home. We also plan for them to visit galleries and exhibitions and we invite artists into school, whenever we can.


At Fulford School we aim to teach a multitude of specialist techniques which will allow pupils to develop their artistic ability and make an informed decision about their preferred option choices. We endeavour to develop programmes of study which are relevant to young people and provided themes and starting points which allow for structured teaching and pupil creativity.

We have put together a format for each year group within the key stage which provides variety and diversity through the different techniques and processes we teach. By the end of year 8 students will have learnt skills in painting, drawing, printmaking, ceramics, design, collage, group work and 3D work. Pupils will also develop skills in Literacy, Numeracy, analysis, critique, description and evaluation.

Examples themes include Portraiture, Robotics, Landscape, Architecture, Graffiti, Africa, Circus, Construction and Pattern.

Please take the time to view some examples of students work.

KS4 – GCSE Fine Art

GCSE Art at Fulford is an opportunity to flourish in a department full of inspiration and challenges. It is also a chance to build on skills learnt at key stage 3. Students are encouraged to develop their own personal approach within a framework set out to best respond to the assessment objectives. They will learn skills in Drawing, Painting, Printing, Collage, Composition, Evaluation, Analysis, Photography, Stencil, Projection, Research and 3D work.

Year 9 Fine Art – We now have a fantastic opportunity to teach more specialist skills to students who’ve opted to pursue Art as one of their chosen subjects. We aim to give students the chance to work on a large scale, in three dimensions and in small groups. We also take them on a trip to inspire their projects which are loosely based around the universal theme of ‘Structures’.

Year 10 Fine Art – Students first coursework project is based on the theme of Natural Forms which can be interpreted in countless ways. Sketchbook work is held in high regard and all pupils have one which documents their work as it progresses.

Year 11 Fine Art – Pupils do a second coursework project based on a theme set by the department. They then complete an externally set task set by the exam board Edexcel. This comprises of a controlled unit of work based on themes set by the board.

Coursework is worth 60% of the course and the controlled assessment is worth 40%. The exam board we use it Edexcel.

Please take the time to view some examples of students work.

Here is the link to all online content provided by Edexcel.

KS5 – AS and A Level Fine Art

Fine Art is a challenging and rewarding opportunity to explore media, materials and creativity. It is a personal course which explores students’ skills, ideas and understanding of Fine Art, this could be realist, abstract or conceptual. The course develops a whole range of skills and techniques including drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, photography and collage. Year 12 go to London to see exhibitions at London galleries, this acts as a stimulus for their own art work and they are encouraged to see as much ‘live’ art as they can throughout the course. The course is continually modernised by rethinking centre set themes and the consistent replenishment of contemporary artists and craftspeople. The exam board we use is Edexcel.

AS Fine Art – In year 12 students are taught through a series of workshop style sessions which develop a range of skills. They have scope to develop their own work independently whilst learning new ways of working and approaches. AS Fine Art is 50% coursework which is taught from broad themes and through workshop style lessons allowing students to develop their own style whilst learning new skills and techniques. The other 50% is an externally set assignment based on a theme set by the exam board. The students are required to put together a unit of work in a 12 week period ending with the production of a final piece within 10 hours.

A level Fine Art – Year 13 students are expected to work with heightened independence and are facilitated through this process. They are expected to respond to broad themes and personalise their lines of enquiry. One to one tutorials are our preferred way of working with students at this level. A level Fine Art is 60% coursework, 12% of this comprises of a written personal study. This is an in-depth investigation into a relevant area of Fine Art and comprses of 1000-3000 words. The other 40% of the qualification is the externally set assignment where the students have 12 weeks to put together a unit of work based on the theme set by the exam board, this ends with the production of a final piece in 12 hours.

Please take the time to view some examples of students work.

Here is the link to all online content provided by Edexcel.

Fulford Art department is always open to students. We run drop-in sessions every day of the week, before school, after school and at break times. In the sixth form we have a designated space for students to work in their own time.

We have close links with the Art Foundation Course at York College and every year the majority of our Year 13 artists go on to further study, most often to York, but also to Leeds. Over the past few year there is a growing trend to apply further afield to prestigious institutions such as Chelsea, Camberwell, Wimbledon, St Martin’s and Glasgow School of Art and Architecture.

We alert our students to all the opportunities for Art & Design experience in York and, in particular, encourage the Sixth Form to attend life- drawing classes to challenge them and to build up their drawing skills.

Every year we invite students back to speak to current students about their experiences on foundation and degree level courses and subsequent employment. We have also maintained contact with Fulford students who are now successful practitioners; as artists, graphic and interior designers, fashion designers, filmmakers and many more.