Art & Design

Further details are available below on the subjects available in the Art & Design Faculty for Knutsford School.

Course Summary

In Year 7 you will work on two key projects 

  1. Architectural Design
  2. 3D Product Design

You will gain an insight into the world of Architecture and study the work of some of the most influential Architects of our time. There will be real a focus on 3D design and the introduction of using hand tools and machinery.

Pupils will enjoy experimenting with new materials and techniques to create imaginative and highly functional designs of their own.

Did you know that… 

  • Some of the most successful designers in the world are British, you could be next. 
  • Apple created the first iPhone in 1983 and it was the size of a laptop computer!

Course Summary

In Year 7 you will work on two key projects:

  1. Portraiture
  2. Birds and Bees

You will look at the work of a variety of different artists that work in both 2D and 3D and then take inspiration from them in order to help you develop your own ideas. You will have fun experimenting in lots of materials and techniques including paint and clay.

Did you know that… 

  • Everyone is creative!!! 
  • Picasso could draw before he could walk, and his first word was the Spanish word for pencil. 
  • The first pencil was invented in England in 1565.

Art and Design in Year 8 encompasses four subjects, details on the subjects and curriculum are provided below:


  • Invent their own ideas using their imagination
  • Think critically
  • Understand how art contributes to our culture, creativity and wealth of the nation
  • Know about the history of art, craft, design and architecture, including periods, styles and major movements from ancient times up to the present day.
  • Express reasoned judgements about the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers that can inform their own work.
  • Explore and share their ideas
  • Create their own works of art, craft and design
  • Develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space
  • Evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design


  • Use research and exploration to identify and understand user needs.
  • Develop and communicate design ideas using annotated sketches, detailed plans and computer-based tools
  • Select from and use specialist tools, techniques, processes, equipment and machinery precisely, including computer-aided manufacture.
  • Gest, evaluate and refine their ideas and products against a specification, taking into account the views of intended users and other interested groups
  • Show skill in manipulating a broad range of modern materials
  • Develop skill and knowledge in visual communication including graphic design and typography.

 Food Technology

  • Principles of healthy eating including the Eatwell Plate and The Guidelines for Good Health
  • Adapting recipes to improve their nutritional contribution
  • Sensory testing- gaining an awareness of taste, texture, smell and appearance of products
  • Preparation of a range of healthy meals including: tomato based sauce, all in one white sauce, flavoured bread, sweet and sour chicken, Thai green or red curry
  • Adapting and using their own recipes through ‘free choice’ practical lessons


  • Collecting and investigating images, objects and artefacts
  • Studies developed in the style of artists, designers and crafts people
  • Observational drawing, illustration and design techniques
  • Colour and pattern studies
  • Hand drawn, collaged and digitally manipulated fashion designs
  • Hand embroidery techniques
  • Machine sewing techniques