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Nottingham Academy

Art KS4


The Art GCSE course involves using a variety of techniques and processes, for example:

  • mark-making
  • printing
  • assemblage
  • construction
  • carving
  • digital working methods

You will be required to experiment with a range of materials that include; charcoal, pastels, paint, clay, wire, and card. You will present work on different papers and surfaces. 

Artists’ research is a key area and ICT skills are developed in programmes such as Adobe Photoshop.  Assessments are carried out regularly to help you improve your grade as you progress through the course.

The ability to draw is an essential skill but one which should be improved through advice and practise.

You will submit a portfolio of work which can be in the form of study/design sheets or a sketchbook. Written annotation will accompany your work, acknowledging sources and reinforce development of ideas.


100% non-exam assessment made up of 60% coursework and 40% externally set assignment.