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Art at The Wren School, Reading, Berks

Aiming High


Aims and Ethos

Art and Design develops students’ visual vocabulary by introducing them to the world and of art. We will discover art from other times and cultures to consider what and how artists are communicating with us. Students will use a wide range of materials to experiment and reflect on what is important to them, to create their own forms of expression and unique visual outcomes.

Our aim for Art at The Wren School is to enable all students to realise their own creativity. By experimenting with a range of media we hope to develop resilient students who are unafraid of trial and error for the sake of exploring new ideas. By planning lessons that focus on a wide range of art forms and movements we hope to encourage students to observe the world around them from different perspectives.


Curriculum Information

Year 7

This is Me

  • Self-Portraits
  • Colour Theory – primary, secondary and complimentary colours
  • Life and work of Van Gogh
This is Us

  • Animal patterns
  • Priniting techniques – stencil prints




Genius of the Past

  • Landscape artist
  • Surrealism




Inventions of the Future

  • Mechanical parts
  • Observational pen and ink studies



Power of Humans

  • Proportions of the Human Body    (birds with Issues)
  • Arcimboldo


Power of the Earth

  • Observational studies of fruit and vegetables
  • Produce an Arcimboldo style piece

Year 8

My Values

  • Celebrations
  • Observational studies of cakes
  • Wayne Theibaud


Family Values

  • Paper Mache cakes
  • Claes Oldenburg


Clashes of Culture

  • Egyptian insects
  • Insect studies
  • Mandalas


Celebration of Culture

  • Day of the Dead
  • Lino Prints





The Power of Technology

  • Windmills





The Power of my voice





Year 9
Students will be introduced to the Reflections Project, a project previously taught to a GCSE class.   This will give the year group an insight into what makes a successful body of work at GCSE. Using the theme, students will be able to experiment with a number of different materials including oil pastels, watercolour and acrylic paints. They have the opportunity to produce more personalised final pieces that have been developed through a series of studies beforehand. Alongside the practical aspect, students will be taught about the life and work of Vincent Van Gogh, Picasso and Cubism, M C Escher and Magritte.


If students choose to take GCSE Art they will be assessed on their portfolio (60%) and practical exam (40%)

GCSE Exam board information

GSCE Art and Design

Component 1 – Portfolio 60% of GCSE

Component 2 – Externally Set Assignment 40% of GCSE

Preparatory period followed by 10 hours of supervised time.

Extra Curricular Activities

The art department runs a weekly art club after school once a week (3.40-4.30pm) for years 7, 8 & 9.   Students have the opportunity to work on their own art pieces or small group projects. An extended learning club runs once a week during lunchtime to enable students to use the materials in the art department.


Term Dates

Term 1 Part 1
Thu 6 September 2018 – Thu 4 October 2018
Inset days – Fri 5 October
Term 1 Part 2
Mon 8 Oct – Fri 19 Oct 2018
Autumn break Mon 22 Oct – Fri 25 Oct 2018
Term 2
Mon 29 Oct – Fri 21 Dec 2018
Christmas/New Year holidays Mon 24 Dec – Fri 4 Jan 2019