“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.”

– Thomas Merton

100% A*-C grades at A-Level and direct entry into university

Specialist subject staff on-hand to offer support and advice

Exhibitions both within school and the wider community

Choice of specialisms: Fine Art, Graphics & Photography

The Art Department is open plan and students of all ages are encouraged to work together, giving both staff and students the freedom to be totally creative and uninhibited.

Key Stage 3


During the first term students concentrate upon different drawing techniques and use a range of materials to express light, shape and three dimensional form.  Students then look at the work of Kurt Jackson and respond to his work in colour and mixed media.

The second term involves exploring portraiture and emotion.  Students explore drawing and clay techniques and produce a three dimensional response using a classmate to base their work on.

During the third term pupils will respond to a variety of illustration based artists and look at book jacket design and layouts with a view to creating their own artwork. Students will also be preparing for their summer exam.


In the first term, students study the academic principles of a measured drawing to create a self-portrait. Students are also taught how to elongate the portrait by making a connection with the artist Amedeo Modigliani. Students are also introduced to working in acrylics.

During the second term students explore the work of the contemporary photographer David McKean. Students explore a variety of media and processes including print making and photography to create a mono-chromatic response based on their hands and face.

During the third term students will be looking at the work of David Hockney and responding to his photography based artwork. Students will also be preparing for their summer exam.


The first term is devoted to studying ‘Urban Art’ and the work of Shepard Fairey. Students create a personal response to his work and expand their Photoshop skills from Year 8. Students will work with a variety of media including acrylics, print-making and collage to make their personal response.

The second term concentrates upon expanding student’s knowledge of perspective by looking in more depth at two and three point perspective. Students will work towards the incorporation of an articulated figure which can be integrated into their composition in Photoshop.

During the third term we look at the work of Oscar Wilson, Arnulf Rainer and Stephen Sagmeister.  Students create a mixed media response to these contemporary artists that includes photography, text and collage. Students will also sit their summer exam.


GCSE Art is a natural progression from Key Stage 3 and students are presented with opportunities for objective, analytical, imaginative and expressive practical responses to the work of artists and crafts persons.

Throughout the course students will acquire a visual language enabling each individual to gather resources and materials, using them to stimulate and develop ideas, exploring both the potential of two and three dimensions working on a variety of scales.

Students will develop an understanding of the work of artists, craft people and designers, applying this knowledge to their own work.

Areas of study include ceramics, sculpture, drawing and painting, printmaking and graphics.

Students are encouraged to attend Life Drawing sessions during Year 11.

We offer two residential study trips to Paris / London / Berlin and Amsterdam to enhance coursework operating biannually.

Candidates are required to submit a Portfolio of practical work with written analysis and annotation. This can include a mixture of the areas of study outlined above, or candidates can focus on one area e.g. drawing and painting. Candidates will produce a portfolio of practical work showing their personal response to starting briefs and stimulus.

Coursework is split into major projects from which your best work is presented for final assessment. The topics change year on year. Examples of previous projects include:

  •  Jenny Saville expressive portraits and figurative work exploring large format painting drawing and sculpture
  • Portraiture and Grayson Perry
  • Landscapes
  • The concept of Distortion.

Coursework Portfolio

This unit is non exam assessment (internally assessed and externally moderated)
The Mock Exam replicates the preparation process and exam conditions that candidates will experience for the externally set task (80 marks) 10 hours. 40% of the total GCSE.

The Exam Board sets a wide choice of stimulus questions well in advance to allow for meaningful preparation. Early in the main examination period candidates spend 10 hours, spread over two days to put their ideas into final execution.

A level

Course requirements
The nature of Art and Design requires students with a genuine interest in the subject and a high degree of self-motivation. A large amount of the work for assessment is completed outside the timetable structure.

You must be keen, well-motivated and be able to work on extended research assignments. If you have an aptitude for the subject and if you are creative you may have the basic skills to succeed, but hard work and determination is the key to success.

Why Choose Art?
Art and Design is essential for anyone who wishes to undertake further studies in Art and Design at University (Art College) or for those who are looking to take up a career for which an art and design background is relevant.

Many students choose 3 Art subjects and apply directly to universities, bypassing the foundation course. The course is orientated towards Fine Art. However, within this main area of study candidates will be given the opportunity to pursue different specialisms such as printmaking, painting and drawing, 3 dimensional design, sculpture and photography.

Course content and methodology
The two-year course represents a gradual progression of activity leading from a highly taught centre of activity in the first year to individual and student centred activity in the later part of the course. The dept. runs two residential study trips for 6th form students. We also exhibit students work in professional art galleries, and offer regular life drawing sessions on Saturdays

Component 1: Personal investigation (60% of total A Level)
Candidates should produce two elements:
1. A portfolio of practical work showing their personal response to either a starting point, brief, scenario, or stimulus, devised and provided by the candidate or centre
2. A related study of continuous prose with a guided minimum of 1,000 words
Personal investigation and related study, this component is internally assessed and externally moderated

Component 2: Externally set task (40% of total A Level)
The early release paper will be issued in February and will provide candidates with a number of themes, each with a range of written and visual starting points, briefs and stimuli. From these; one must be selected, upon which to base a response.
Externally set task, this component is internally assessed and externally moderated.

Beyond Lincoln Minster School

Many students who choose to study Art, Graphics and Photography move directly to degree courses. Never has a student been unsuccessful in achieving a place in Higher Education – many with unconditional offers. In short, they leave school with skills akin to those acquired on Art Foundation courses.

“We have been impressed by the quality and quantity of the work presented for the portfolio interview.”

University of East Anglia

Art can lead to a range of exciting careers, including: fine art, architecture, antiques, interior design, product design, set design, conservation, illustration, arts administration, art therapy and beyond.

Sixth Form Art

We are respected as a department both locally and nationally, attaining excellent results at GCSE and A level.

During a recent HMC inspection the department was highly complimented upon the quality of work and high standards attained.

See a range of examples of student work and find out more about the exciting opportunities on offer:

Art at Lincoln Minster School

Gallery of student work

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