Saltersgill Avenue, Middlesbrough, Cleveland TS4 3JS

01642 855010

Prince Bishop School

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Teaching Staff.

Mr. Stuart Collier



Prince Bishop School Art Department recognises that learning in art, craft and design prepares young people for work and leisure in the twenty first century. It contributes to life skills such as problem solving, making career choices and lifelong learning.

In KS3; pupils have first-hand experience in key skills areas of art, craft and design. They have opportunities to access, learn about and engage directly with practitioners and historical art, craft and design in a range of cultural contexts. Through purposeful making and doing, pupils will experience a range of modes of learning; the aim is to learn how to learn.

We study a variety of topics in both two and three-dimensional areas of study. For 2015 – 16 topics are as follows:


  • PERSONAL WORK FOLDERS: Unit includes: producing a work folder with transferred personalised design ideas as decoration.
  • KEY SKILLS IN DRAWING: Unit includes: developing drawing skills using “step-by-step” resources introducing a range of drawing materials.
  • MYTHICAL CREATURES: Unit includes: developing practical skills (2D and 3D) using a range of multi-media techniques.
  • FACES: Unit includes: looking at portraits by artists from different cultures and times. Self portraits and pupils drawing each other considering proportion, expression etc.
  • EXTENSION WORK TO FACES TOPIC: Unit includes: developing design ideas from personal research into 3D masks (African, Japanese, and Canadian First Nation etc)
  • CERAMICS/3D WORKSHOP: Unit includes: designing and producing Christmas gifts in a range of media.


  • KEY SKILLS IN DRAWING: Unit includes: developing drawing ability through development of research into personal interests, hobbies, sports etc.
  • SKETCHBOOK WORK: Unit includes: developing ideas visually and investigating a range of materials and gathering information.
  • ANIMAL CONTAINERS: Unit includes; designing a container to be made in ceramic in the form of an animal/bird with a lid.
  • PRINTMAKING: Unit includes: introduction to printmaking, looking at examples of artists work and workshops developing simple monoprints.
  • INSECTS AND BUGS: Unit includes: research and developing design ideas based on bugs, butterflies, moths and insects.
  • VAN GOGH: Unit includes: the life and work of Vincent Van Gogh. Pupil’s practical work will be a response to his work and style.


  • SILHOUETTES:  Unit includes: look at/research silhouettes in Art and producing their own silhouette pictures.
  • CLAY WORKSHOPS: Unit includes: research work of international ceramic artists and produce clay work inspired by them.
  • GRAFFITI AND STREET ART: Unit includes: looking at graffiti artists from around the world and producing designs as a personal response to their artwork.
  • FLAGS AND BANNERS: Unit includes: research and investigate flags and banners from different periods around the world. Work in groups and/or individually to design and make decorative flags/banners.
  • CONSOLIDATION (KS3 WORK): Unit includes: look at Y11 GCSE coursework, research, resources and controlled test pieces. Pupils can choose a theme or piece of work to base their work on.

Key Stage 4

In KS4 pupils who opt for this subject follow the AQA CCSE full course in either Theatre Arts or Art and Design (which includes ceramics).

The GCSE assessment consists of a portfolio of work which carries 60% of the marks and an externally set task comprising 10 hours of sustained focused study which carried 40% of the total marks available.

Pupils regularly gain A-C grades with their GCSE work and some go on to Art College and University to continue their creative studies.

The department is proud of pupil’s achievements. Their work has been exhibited in MIMA, the Captain Cook Museum, “Celebrating Success” in Middlesbrough Town Hall and annually - by invitation, to the children’s International Exhibition of Art in Narita City, Japan.

TOPICS:  Students choose and research their own topics based on their individual likes and interests. The AQA courses of study provide them with a wide range of creative, exciting and stimulating opportunities to explore Art & Design in ways that are personally relevant and truly developmental in nature.



Questions regarding the curriculum for Art

If you have any questions about the curriculum for Art, please contact Mr. S Collier, on 01642 855010 or send an e-mail marked for the attention of Mr. S. Collier to: