Art and Design at RPA

"Art is the one vocation which gives individuals the space to realise themselves in knowing themselves."

Harold Rosenberg from The De-Definition of Art

Art and Design at Richmond Park Academy

The Art curriculum will challenge the stereotype of dead white European male as exemplary artist and facilitate understanding of visual language regardless of prior experience, background, race or gender through extensive exploration of how to communicate ideas visually. Lessons are structured to ensure accumulative knowledge of visual language and the work of creative practitioners combined with the acquisition of skills, techniques and processes to enable visual communication of increasingly individual ideas and concerns.

Who's who in the team

Ms W Briggs - Subject Leader

Ms A Eastham - Teacher of Art

Students learn to communicate their ideas visually through exploring visual elements, using a variety of media, materials, techniques and processes. They work with traditional and new media, developing confidence, competence, imagination and creativity. They learn to appreciate and value images and artefacts across times and cultures, and to understand the contexts in which they were made. Students are encouraged to reflect critically on their own and each other’s work and also on the work of artists, designers and craftspeople in order to further develop ideas and understand techniques and genres.

We run both GCSE and A Level art courses. At GCSE we follow the Art, Craft & Design specification set by AQA examination Board and at A Level we follow the Fine Art  specification set by AQA examination Board. At both KS4 and KS5 we encourage an adventurous and enquiring approach to art and design. They learn to think and act as artists, craftspeople and designers, working creatively and intelligently.

At KS4 and KS5 we arrange gallery visits and workshops outside school and when possible visits will be arranged for KS3 art students. KS3 students are encouraged to join extra curricular activities that we run during and after school.

Art at Key Stage 3

In Key Stage 3, students have one session per week. They learn about how to communicate ideas visually using a broad range of media, materials, techniques and processes. Students look at, discuss and reference the work of artists, designers & craftspeople from the past and present day and from a range of cultures and traditions. Students develop their creativity, ideas and increase proficiency in their execution. They develop a critical understanding of artists, designers and craftspeople and learn how to form reasoned judgements which informs their own work. 

The students study the following units:

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Art at Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4 students can take GCSE Art, Craft and Design

Exam Board: AQA

Art at Key Stage 5

At Key Stage 5  students study Fine Art

Exam Board: AQA

Who to contact

Ms W Briggs

Future Careers





Product Design

Graphic Design 

Fashion design


TV production

Video production



IT software 

Computer services


Museum work

Gallery work 

Performing and Visual Arts