Art and Design

About Us

The art & design department within The Fernwood School offers students a flexible and streamlined curriculum offering opportunities for students to develop their understanding and awareness within 4 core strands:

  • History of art design, craft, and architecture
  • Experimentation with media
  • Recording observations and techniques
  • Analyse and Evaluate
  • Key materials, techniques, and processes

In art and design, we seek to develop students’ curiosity, and enable them to learn, think and act as artists and designers through a wide range of media techniques ranging from photography to sculpture. Through exploration of visual, tactile, and other sensory experiences pupils will develop an appreciation of art and design and its role in the creative and cultural industries that enrich their lives. Pupils will learn to appreciate and value images and artefacts across times and cultures, and to understand the contexts in which they were made. They will be able to reflect critically on their own and other people’s work, judging quality, value and meaning.

A Quality Curriculum

Art, craft, and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. A high-quality art and design education should engage, inspire, and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft, and design. As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity, and wealth of our nation.

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About us

The art and design department are comprised of 3 dedicated art rooms with access to a computer suite. All students are equipped with a sketch book at the start of KS3 and use this weekly to complete classwork and home learning tasks in. Facilities include access to sowing machines, industry standard computer software to enable editing of photographs and artwork in addition to sublimation printers (further facilities added here).

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Why is art a useful subject?

The creative industries are important in the UK as it is responsible for over 3 million jobs and is one of the biggest growth industries in the country.

What happens if I cannot draw?

Art and design are not just about drawing. We create 3D work as well as take photographs and make collages. We do artwork that everyone can access regardless of how good you are at drawing. We will teach you how to draw as well!

What do children learn during year 7?

Students undertake three projects in art and design during the year. Each project has a particular skills focus allowing students to explore many of the art and design strands. Students get introduced to the workings of the art and design.



The Fernwood School
Goodwood Road, Wollaton
Nottingham, NG8 2FT

0115 9286326