Art Subjects

Art and Design (Available for KS3 and 4)

At Colours Academy we value our creative surroundings including the resident artist work hub, The Clay Factory and a curriculum that has heavy practical focus to inspire and motivate the creativity of young artists.

In KS3, pupils will focus on the following topics;

  • Drawing Skills and Techniques

  • The Colour Wheel

  • Exploration of Natural Forms

  • The Power of Pattern and Illusions

  • Art Through Time; Evolution of Art in 20th Century

  • Art Around the World; Multicultural Art

  • Exploration of Painting , Skills and Techniques

  • Pupil Response to Joesph Cornell and Barbara Hepworth

  • Human Form and Figure

  • The Role of Text in Art

  • Urbanism Project

  • Henri Matisse Project

In KS4, pupils will cover the following areas;

  • Circles Project 

  • Contrast Project 

  • Externally Set Component - Pupils explore a variety of artists, movements, materials, techniques and processes.

Fashion, Textiles and Photography (Available for KS3)

In KS3, pupils will focus on the following topics;

  • Developing Basic Photography Skills

  • Exploration of School Photography and The Uniform

  • Photojournalism

  • 'In the Nick of Time' - Exploration of The Theme of Time in Fashion and Photography

  • The Power of Colour in Fashion and Photography

  • Assembled Fashion - The Role of a Stylist

  • 'Wrong!' Project - Fauz Pas Fashion Exploration

  • 'POP' - Pop Songs and Pop Pictures

  • Photographs to Entertain; Photopoetry and Photographs for the Appetite (Food Photography)

  • Fashion on the Front Cover

  • Change and Perspective Photography

  • 'Britishness' Project

  • Exploring Textures in Fashion and Photography

  • Curating a Fashion Show

Photography (Available for KS3 and KS4)

Photography may be defined as the creative journey through the process of lens- and light-based media. This could include work created using film, video, digital imaging or light sensitive materials. With the developments of new affordable lens-based technologies, students will attempt to use the photographic mediums to explore and create a body of work, which develops and refines both the process and the concept. Students will also understand that Photography practitioners may work to client commissions within a commercial photography studio or work as freelance photographers. They will need photo manipulation and graphic design skills, and good communication skills in order to liaise with clients and to promote themselves as photographers


The photography course will consist of a body of coursework under a given theme exploring different processes.  Areas of studies include documentary photography, photojournalism, studio photography, dark room and film processing.  Other areas too including on-location photography, experimental imagery, and installation. 


Students will be given a new theme for their exam piece, which will be completed in the final two terms.