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Mark Hall Academy, First Avenue, Harlow, Essex, CM17 9LR  |  Tel: 01279 866280

“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.”
― Thomas Merton, No Man Is an Island
The Mark Hall Academy Art Department encourages creative expression and independent thinking skills.

Key Stage 3 (Year 7 & 8)
Year 7
Students are introduced to the basic skills and techniques in Art. They produce a diverse range of work from 2D to 3D, working both independently and collaboratively. Through looking at the work of artists they learn about the possibilities of the materials and their imagination.
Year 8
Building on the work in Year 7, students continue to develop and extend their knowledge of processes. Through the introduction of digital media into the curriculum, students learn about the creation and manipulation of imagery. Students are encouraged to work in an increasingly independent way and are able to investigate the effects of working on a much larger scale.

Key Stage 4 (Year 9,10 & 11) GCSE
As young artists, students are introduced to working independently through structured projects, giving them an understanding of how to cover the GCSE assessment objectives. These lead onto self-planned projects in response to a given theme. With the support of their teacher, students are able to choose which materials and processes they would like to develop their knowledge of, and which they would like to learn.
Through visits to galleries and, if possible, studios, students gain a greater understanding of their own creative possibilities. Together with an enhanced understanding of the historical and contemporary context within which they work.
Through continual self-reflection and evaluation, students are encouraged to lead their own learning. In doing, so they are able to not only develop their understanding of themselves, but also enhance the transferable skills of self-organisation, planning and evaluation of outcomes.
How is the GCSE assessed?
60% Coursework (portfolio of work)
40% Exam
Our GCSE is run through the AQA exam board. Students build a portfolio of work, which is submitted along with their exam (taken at the end of Year 11). A mock exam is also held towards the start of year 11 to give students the insight into the planning and experience of the Art exam, which is held over 2 days (10 hours). We believe that this is vital in terms of students understanding the demands of their GCSE exam taken in the summer.