Art and Photography

 “As I work on my drawings, day by day, what seemed unattainable before is now gradually becoming possible.  Slowly, I’m learning to observe and measure.  I don’t stand quite so helpless before nature any longer.” 

– Vincent Van Gogh

At The Horizon School Hartlepool we believe that Art is for everyone.  Everyone has the right to access it! Art is our culture and identity; it represents our history, our present and moves us forward.  Our students are welcomed into a supportive yet challenging art department that is engaging, inspiring and FUN!  We aim to equip students with the confidence and freedom to be creative as well as the knowledge and skills to invent and create their own works of art, craft and design.

Through project based learning and stand-alone art projects, Key Stage Three students will be introduced to a variety of artists, craftspeople and designers; they will be expected to respond theoretically and practically in a variety of methods, developing creative thinking, personal skill and a solid foundation of technical ability. 

As students’ progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design, helping them as they develop the skills needed at Key Stage 4. They should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation. 



The national curriculum for art & design aims to ensure that all students:

  • produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences
  • become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques
  • evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design
  • know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.


Students should be taught to:

  • use a range of techniques to record their observations in sketchbooks, journals and other media as a basis for exploring their ideas
  • use a range of techniques and media, including painting
  • increase their proficiency in the handling of different materials
  • analyse and evaluate their own work, and that of others, in order to strengthen the visual impact or applications of their work
  • understand the history of art, craft, design and architecture, including periods, styles and major movements from ancient times up to the present day.


Students will be able to develop their creative ideas and increase their proficiency in their execution.  They should develop a critical understanding of artists, architects and designers, expressing reasoned judgements that can inform their own work.









Summer 1




Students study the caravan gallery project, going out on location to capture images for a series of Postcards for Hartlepool Tourist Information Centre.




Politics in Art


Students study the link between the arts and politics across histories and cultures. They will study street art and create their own political piece in the style of Banksy.






Students study the work of local artist Diane Watson and make a sculpture from collected litter and discarded items.





Possible careers in Art can include:


Fine Artist


Graphic Designer


Interior Designer

Furniture Designer

Art Teacher / Lecturer


Art Therapist


Product Designer

Website Designer


Defining spiritual, moral, social, cultural development within Art


Within Art pupils are given the chance to be creative and use their imagination when constructing pieces of work, reflecting on how they feel they have done and encouraging self-knowledge. Pupils research each topic looking at the origin of work studying religious and spiritual themes, examining pieces of work that address morality, discussing racism, sex and violence, etc…

By studying different religions and faiths pupils gain and understanding of the world in which we live, pupils are encouraged to ask questions and class discussions are the focal point. This gives pupils the opportunity to appreciate and accept others opinions.

Art encourage teamwork in where pupils learn to work as part of a team and communicate with others. This gives pupils a value of their own environments and the environment and cultures of others.

Positive Feedback

The staff at The Horizon School, Hartlepool take time to listen and build relationships with all the students.

Annais (Student)

I have a better relationship with the teachers at The Horizon School, Hartlepool. They listen to me and help me with my work

Sean (Student)

Teachers have high aspirations for pupils and their next steps in life...Pupils are well prepared to leave school after Year 11.

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