Art and Design

The Art Department has four well equipped art studios, a screen print studio and a large darkroom with studio lighting. There are 12 Mac computers and a superb gallery space.

Art is taught to all year groups and at GCSE and GCE A level. At this level both Fine Art and Art, Craft & Design are offered as options.

  • Joanna Pinhey (Head of Art)
  • Amanda Greenwood (Teacher of Art)
  • Phil Walker (Teacher of Art)
  • Amy-Jo Smith (Art Technician)

Joanna Pinhey graduated from her BA (Hons) degree in Fashion &Textiles in 2000 she then worked as a freelance designer/maker for four years before embarking on a PGCE. She has been teaching Art & Design fulltime since 2005. Her specialist areas are Fashion/Textiles/Mixed media/Fine Art/Photography and much more.

Amanda Greenwood has been teaching Art & Design since 1998 and graduated from a BA (Hons) degree in 3-D Design – specialising in Blown glass and ceramics, from Manchester Metropolitan University in 1996. She then became an Artist in Residence in North Wales 1996 – 1998 before becoming a full time teacher of Art & Design. Her specialist areas are Ceramics/glass/Fine art etc.

Phil Walker studied a BA (Hons) degree in Theatre Design and graduated in 1984, he then became a Freelance Designer and Scenic Artist producing sets for the Theatre Royal and the West End. Following his PGCE he became a teacher in Art & Design and Technology in 1992. In 2015 Phil also started “Vintage Sign Writing”, his own company producing bespoke, hand painted signage and murals.

Amy-Jo Smith has successful completed three A Levels in Fine Art A*, Photography A* and Media Studies C. She is currently studying an FdA in Digital Media and hopes to complete her degree qualification in illustration. Amy-Jo is a vital member of the team with experience in illustration, photography, digital media, screen Printing and film.



KS3 Art is taught in semesters. Homework is set in a set of three over three weeks, each lesson the students bring the homework in for help and review, then submit it every third week for marking. The homework always links with the class work, and is then marked in accordance with both school and department ‘Creative Capabilities’ criteria and written/verbal feedback is given on a sheet inside the sketchbook. Every student is expected to have an A4 sketchbook.

Year 7

Students start the course with a project called, “About me” which is based on portraiture and basic drawing and painting skills are covered in this project e.g. colour mixing, mark making etc. Students are also introduced to a range of artists and will produce a final piece of 2D work inspired by the work of one or more of these artists. These may include Van Gogh, Picasso, and Jean Michel Basquiat etc. depending on the individual teachers’ project idea. The second project is three dimensional, and is based on natural forms. Students will draw from natural objects and understand how artists have been inspired by them in their work. The project may be individual or collaborative and could involve clay, card, block printing techniques, drawing, painting and mixed-media. Again inspiration will be drawn from the work of others e.g. Peter Randall Page, Jennifer Judd-McGee etc. The final project is landscape inspired, in particular Cornish landscape, and where possible students go outside to draw (in the summer term!). They learn about how artists have used the environment to inform their work and produce a piece of 2D work as a development from their research. This may be based on the St Ives artists, Kurt Jackson, Ashley Hanson etc..

Year 8

Students start the first project by revisiting their drawing skills in order to consolidate them and will use their drawing to look at objects in a different way. Projects include Pop Art first looking at popular culture and media and the student may look at artists such as Keith Haring, Wayne Thiebaud, and Andy Warhol etc. The second project looks at artist exploration using the theme ‘Sea Life’. Students will learn about different artist influences and techniques and respond to this on a lesson by lesson basis, producing an outcome in a different media each week. Tonal drawing, painting skills are extended and scraffito, wire sculpture and collage is built into the project. The final project ‘Effigy’ focuses on artwork from another culture. This is often linked with the individual student and a more personal response is encouraged. The work for this is three dimensional e.g. clay, sculpture, wire construction, textiles etc..



GCSE Art and Design

This unendorsed GCSE in Art and Design requires students to develop and produce personal responses that reflect a broad exploration of art, craft and design. Students will therefore cover a wide range of art and design based media ranging from Fine Art to 3D to Textiles to Printing and Photography. They will also research a wide range of artists, craftspeople and designers and will learn how to present their research in a sketchbook, on sheets and produce a meaningful, inspiring final piece.

Students will be set a brief by their art teacher which covers a wide range of skills with both 2D and 3D materials. These may include clay, textiles, Photoshop, print and a range of drawing and painting media. The teachers will demonstrate new techniques and students will be shown the work of a wide range of different artists. At the end of the course the best work will be selected for moderation. Homework will be set to complement the work that is being done in class. The final exam is set by OCR and students will have a term both in college and at home to produce a sketchbook of preparatory work. The final exam is 10 hours.

Homework is set on a two weekly basis and students are given a prepared sheet in advance with the tasks for the term. On this sheet there are also extension tasks in order to stretch the more able students. The work is marked on a mark sheet in the back of the sketchbook with a grade and suggestions for improvement are given, students will be given time at the end of each term to go back and make those suggested improvements.

  • Portfolio: 60%
  • Exam: 40%

Both the portfolio and the exam are assessed using the following criteria with each having equal weighting - 25% each.

AO1 Develop ideas:

Develop their ideas through investigations informed by contextual and other sources, demonstrating analytical and cultural understanding.

AO2 Refine ideas:

Refine their ideas through experimenting and selecting appropriate resources, media, materials, techniques and processes.

AO3 Record ideas:

Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to their intentions in visual and/or other forms.

AO4 Present a response:

Present a personal, informed and meaningful response demonstrating analytical and critical understanding, realising intentions and, where appropriate, making connections between visual, written, oral or other elements.

Year 9

For GCSE there are two projects that make up the coursework portfolio (Worth 60% of the overall grade). The first project is completed in Year 9 and part of Year 10 this is based on The Sea, Plumage, Decay or Natural forms. Students start the course by again revisiting and practicing their drawing skills and careful studies of actual items are made using a range of drawing media and techniques. Students will then go on to research the work of other artists and research images of both on a carefully controlled mood board. This will then develop into a design for a larger mixed-media 3D sculpture or mixed-media 2D final piece, using their research, mood board and a range of materials and techniques. Throughout the year students will cover a whole range of skills in a wide range of media. This will be delivered in workshops and on a lesson by lesson basis in the first term.

Year 10

In Year 10 the second project will be completed and this is a multi-cultural based unit and aims to raise students’ awareness of other cultures, global issues and to create artwork that communicates meanings and messages. It also allows students to broaden their work with more individuality and opportunities are given for development in the use of textiles/mixed media/printmaking etc. Students will produce a final outcome which shows the links between the different artists researched throughout the project. An extension of this project is a 3D based piece e.g. clay, sculpture, papier-mâché etc. inspired by a multi-cultural theme. In some cases students will have the opportunity to link this unit of work with the first unit studied and select the best for moderation at the end of Year 11. All students will be encouraged to select their best work in order to achieve the best possible outcome.

Year 11

At the start of Year 11, students complete the rest of their multi-cultural project and after Christmas students are given the final exam paper. From then onwards, in lessons and at home preparation work is completed in sketchbooks for the exam (worth 40% of the overall grade). The final 10 hour exam is usually held over 2 days after Easter. All work for both projects is finalised and submitted for final marking at the end of April.



A Level Art, Craft and Design

Art, Craft & Design A Level at Bodmin College is a broad based art course which complements other practical courses, but also works well as a subject in a more academic package. You will cover a very wide range of skills, ranging from 2D and 3D design to photography, textiles, crafts, fine art and fashion.

A Level Fine Art

A Level Fine Art at Bodmin is a broad based art course which complements other practical courses, but can also work well as a subject in a more academic package. Students can progress on to university courses in the arts, or on to an Art Foundation course, but Fine Art is also essential for Architecture and Design based courses. Along with other practical/media courses it can form an invaluable part of the visual Art portfolio.

Extra Curricular

Sixth form students are also offered extra-curricular activities to help support in their application to higher education such as the William Clift Accessing Professions – Visual Arts scheme, ‘Art Ambassadors’ scheme, life Drawing, trips local and national, portfolio advice, university workshops/open days and much more.

Year 12 and 13

Students’ complete a portfolio of work and at the end of the two years there is a final 10 hour exam. The projects in both years vary according to the individual teacher’s ideas and are also dependant on current exhibitions/artist workshop opportunities etc… Observational drawing is an integral part of the course and the first half term focuses on this skill using a range of media. Students will also develop and master skills in photography, clay, glass, sculpture, wire work, textiles, printmaking and mixed-media. In Year 13 students are encouraged to work on a larger scale and also in a more individual way. Artist research is integrated into the projects through homework which is on a weekly basis.