Providing an all-round Art experience for all OSSMA learners. This involves them learning about artists (including designers and architects) from different eras, exploring and experiencing different materials confidently and building on and developing their current skills.

OSSMA Artists will be creative learners using their knowledge and skills to produce inspiring pieces of work

There are many reasons why Art is important in the Curriculum

  • Art is a form of communication and expression which allows learning and problem-solving in a visual and practical way.
  • It allows children to develop motor skills (hand-eye coordination), social skills, decision-making, risk-taking, creativity and inventiveness.
  • Art links with a wide variety of cross-curricular subjects.
  • It allows critical thinking and opportunities to develop their voice and opinions (of the work of Artist and their own). This can be done through a variety of mediums from drawing through to Photography, textiles and 3D

As a learner being creative helps you become a better problem solver in all areas of your life.  Art helps you see things differently and better deal with uncertainty. Studies show that creative people are better able to live with uncertainty because they can adapt their thinking to allow for the flow of the unknown.

An OSSMA Art learner will aim to have the qualities of (ART):

A= Articulate

R= Resilience (to constructive criticism and making mistakes)

T= To be creative

An OSSMA KS3 Art learner will have the qualities below linked with the National Curriculum and which prepares them for KS4 and links to the four Assessment Objects at GCSE.

  • Natural Forms: Poppies

(Challenge and Resilience: Personal growth – Adapting to change )

  • Natural Forms: Wilting Flowers

(Power: looking at powerful artists within nature and art/ influence. Looking at traditional and contemporary artists)

  • Insects

(Diversity and empathy: How insects change colours or are a specific colour relating to their habitat)

  • Insects:

(Freedom: Creating Zentangle patterns to free their mind and are not stuck to a rigid pattern)

  • Animals:

Social Chaos and morality: Morals/ethics eg Damien Hirst, Use of ivory and tortoise shells

  • Animals/Artists:

Dreams and Aspirations: upcoming artists and career pathways in art

  • Culture:

Dystopia and Injustice: British Culture and values – artwork linked to the artist David Callow

  • Culture:

Struggles: The Art of Africa - exploring pattern work and portraiture 


  • Street Artists and Banksy
  • Recording of architecture in the style of street art


  • Exploring modern and traditional artists, photographers, architects and how they can influence our own work (using local architecture)

Relationship and individuality

  • Exploring materials and techniques

Environmental challenges

  • Responding to street art, artists, photographers, architects – working outside of the sketchbook

Maritime (one AO per block)

  • Fantastic and strange
  • Exam prep and exam