Students at Havant Academy study art and design through personalised projects which aim to engage their imagination and encourage resilience. Students build their confidence through risk taking, experimenting and exploring ideas.

The art department at Havant Academy is well-equipped with provision for working in a range of media including painting and drawing, printmaking, clay and resistant materials as well as ICT. The department has an impressive collection of books and resources, covering the development of art and design from cave painting to the present day.


Department Staff:

Mrs T. Miller - Subject Co-ordinator

Miss H.Pidgley – Art and Technology Teacher
Mrs A. White – Department assistant



Skills, Knowledge, Understanding/Topics covered:


Year 7

Introduction to Art in Secondary School: Introduction to formal visual elements, with specific focus on tone and colour to encourage a positive response from students. When they see that they can draw accurately with tone their self-esteem is increased & they are keen to learn more.
Illuminated Manuscripts: With specific focus on literacy, Development and personalised learning. They develop their use of tone & independent ideas. The topic also covers issues of identity.
Texture and Colour:  Creating imaginative work based on David Hockney’s landscape work.
Applied Art: Clay work with specific focus on the history of clay vessels (how they were first man-made object following decline of hunter gatherer societies).

Year 8   

Drawing skills. We revisit visual elements to develop and build on drawing skills using pen and ink. Specifically aimed at increasing our students’ ability to review and refine their work.
Colour:  Specifically focusing on C21st Art and the significance of layering colour and texture. Stylised art work is encouraged from students who are not used to working with tone and representational art.
Applied art: Using Art from another culture, we explore a variety of styles, including printing, relief work and clay work.

Year 9

Year 9 Is aimed at developing the skills needed for GCSE and developing outcomes ‘by any other means’ to enable students who do not favour traditional drawing to explore other forms of art. In this Year we also look at the developing relationship with and between self and others.

Still life: Looks at symbolism and develops accurate drawing skills supported by photography and group work. Students will also work from Primary and Secondary sources.
Portraits and Identity: Explores feelings and identity, including ‘issue based' themes such as loneliness, isolation and relationships with self. This unit introduces contemporary artists prior to GCSE.
Pop Art – art & everyday life: The focus in this unit is on recent and contemporary art history. Students have the potential to create 3-d outcomes in this project as well as accurate use of materials.


Art at KS4 focusses on independent learning, development of ideas and skills and personal responses to given themes. Students will be expected to research a wide variety of art and artists in order to influence their own ideas and experiment with a range of materials. Throughout their coursework, they will also need to annotate their journey in order to show their projects have progressed.

There is a lot of coursework for G.C.S.E art and it is worth 60% of their overall mark. The exam then takes up the other 40%.

Year 10

Natural Forms: This project will introduce you to the structure of GCSE coursework. You will familiarise yourself with the different stages of a project and how they are graded.
Text and Letterforms: You will choose your own message, which might be a comment about identity, society, some form of prejudice, music, the media or any subject of your choice. Then you will produce work which combines text with your chosen medium.
3D studies: The 3-D project enables you to try out a new medium and to discover completely different styles of art. The 3-D work that you research will vary dramatically in its aesthetic appeal.
You will be looking at work from the 15th Century right up to more contemporary work.


Year 11

Review and Refine: In year 11 you will be revisiting your previous topics and adapting or improving some elements of the artwork.
Exam: You will also be preparing for and sitting your exam. The exam preparatory period is around 8 to 12 weeks. You will then have 10 hours to produce a final response
Portfolio presentation: When your coursework and exam are completed, you will then learn how to put together a portfolio of work. This will showcase your best outcomes and prepare your work for a possible art show.

Extra-Curricular Enrichment/Opportunities

The department is large and welcoming and acts as a social hub both during the day and after school.
KS3 students can use the room on Mondays and Tuesdays to continue their studies or pursue their own interests.
KS4 students benefit from a ‘drop-in’ style approach. This means they are able to use the department during and after school to continue their GCSE studies and gain more experience with new methods of creating art.


The department has run a variety of successful trips, including residential visits to Paris and Barcelona. We also organise visits to galleries in London for KS4 and other visits are planned to coincide with projects and KS3.