Art

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Each pupil receives 1 hour of Art lessons per week. We try to cover as many disciplines and techniques as possible during the 3 years pupils attend Scissett Middle School.

If you hear a voice within you say 'you cannot paint,' then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.

Vincent Van Gogh

Year 6


  • Pupils study and demonstrate an understanding of basic colour theory.
  • Pupils look at and discuss the work of various artists such as: Georgia O’Keefe, Gustav Klimt and Vincent Van Gogh.
  • They then produce an oil pastel design based on the artists' work.
  • Pupils produce a multi-media design based on non-western art.
  • Pupils produce a design and then a ceramic tile based on any given theme.
  • Pupils will produce several prints using various techniques and materials.
  • Pupils will produce a still life painting based on any given theme.

I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way - things I had no words for.

Georgia O'Keeffe

Year 7


  • Pupils study and demonstrate an understanding of basic colour theory.
  • Pupils produce a painting and mixed media design based on a singular image. We call this exploded colour.
  • Pupils produce a multi-media design based on African art.
  • Pupils produce a design based on the four elements of fire, water, wind and earth.
  • Pupils will produce several prints using various techniques and materials.
  • Pupils will produce a still life painting based on any given theme.
  • Pupils will produce a card sculpture based on any given theme.

Every artist was first an amateur.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Year 8


  • Pupils study and demonstrate an understanding of basic colour theory.
  • Pupils look at and discuss the work of various pop artists such as: Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol and Keith Haring.
  • Pupils produce a relief cast influenced by pop art.
  • Pupils produce a design based on abstract organic shapes.
  • Pupils will produce several mono-prints based on iconic images.
  • Pupils will produce a wire sculpture with mod-roc based on any given theme.
  • Pupils will produce a painting based on contrasting landscapes.

The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place: from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider's web.

Pablo Picasso

In June 2012, 40 Year 8 pupils passed and received the Arts Award Bronze certificate. This is a nationally recognised qualification which is accredited to GCSE standard.

We acknowledged this achievement with a celebration evening. We put together an exhibition where parents and other pupils could view the work and afterwards we presented the pupils with their certificate. Guest speakers included the artist Tom Wood and Olympic torch bearer Kevin Blackburn.

This year we will be putting 70 pupils through the Arts Award. This will be more pupils than any other year. Scissett Middle School started the Arts Award in 2007.

We are now training to become Arts Award advisors for Key Stage 1 and 2 pupils and have made links with Kayes First and Nursery School; we hope to make more links with all our feeder schools.

The school has developed many links with artists such as Jake Attree, Mike Disley and Tom Wood.

Tom designed and produced a huge mural in our gymnasium in Summer 2012.

We also have links with Huddersfield Art Gallery and we have worked with them over the last 5 years.

In art, the hand can never execute anything higher than the heart can imagine.

Ralph Waldo Emerson