Our Art Department is ambitious, high performing and committed to offering every opportunity to our students to enable them to achieve their potential, enjoy and appreciate the visual arts and enrich their lives. 

Our schemes of work challenge students, develop their practical skills and enable them to express their understanding of Art, Craft and Design critically. We are extremely proud of our students’ achievements and take every opportunity to exhibit their work locally and nationally. As well as offering GCSE and A Level Fine Art and Photography courses we also offer Arts Award Bronze, Silver and Gold.

I love Art at Newton Abbot College; we learn lots of different creative techniques and learn about artists; plus the resources are great.

Isla Zalman, Year 8

Year 7

Students study the traditional genres of still-life, portraiture and landscape art. They learn colour theory, painting, printmaking, sculpture and craft techniques. Students also learn how to express their understanding of Art, both verbally and in written form. They visit art and photography exhibitions at Exeter Museum and the Haldon Forest Sculpture Trail during an enrichment day in the Autumn Term.

Year 8

Students study contemporary art practice and work in teams to produce large sculptures, animations and mixed media assemblages. Students have the opportunity to go on a residential Creative Arts and History Trip to London in the Winter Term.

Year 9

We follow the AQA Fine Art specification. Students extend their knowledge of drawing, painting, print-making, photography and sculpture techniques with a range of materials. Students learn how to create a visually exciting sketchbook and produce a series of observational studies on a variety of scales. Students visit local and national exhibitions.

Year 10

Students plan and research material for two coursework projects. They experiment with ideas in their sketchbooks and larger scale work. Students visit the Tate Modern during the summer term to research artists for their coursework projects.

Year 11

Students finish final pieces for their coursework projects and spend the Spring Term planning and taking their GCSE Fine Art Exam. They have the opportunity to attend life drawing workshops with the Sixth Form.

Where can I find out more?

Point of contact:

Julia Payne

Team Leader of Art

Contact Julia Payne who looks after this Art course on:

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