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 Art & Photography

Contact details:

Name : Mrs Nicola Whattam
Position : Curriculum Area Leader
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Art is a very popular subject at Selby High School where our learners enjoy a rich and exciting curriculum before progressing on to qualifications such as Creative Art and Design, GCSE Fine Art or GCSE Digital Photography.

We are immensely proud of the work of our learners and the commitment that they show as they develop in to confident, independent and imaginative young people.

We strive for excellence in all that we do and work hard to maintain our departmental ethos to ensure that we...

  • Create a truly student-centred Art Department
  • place teaching and learning at its heart;
  • have the highest expectations of our students;
  • celebrate the unique talents of all our students;
  • listen to students’ views
  • ensure our students are safe and secure and have an atmosphere of support and respect;
  • look to the future without forgetting to enjoy the experience of today.

The department consists of two well qualified, dedicated and enthusiastic full time Art teachers who both practise a variety of artistic techniques in their own time.

Mrs Nicola Whattam (Curriculum Area Leader specialising in Photography, Art History and Fine Art)

Mr David Breen (Teacher of Art specialising in 3-D Techniques and Graphic Design)

Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development information


The Elements of Art (Sept-Dec)
Exploring the formal elements and producing observational drawings. We use a wide variety of materials from painting, charcoal to oil pastels and felt tip pens.

Matisse (Jan-March)
We explore the work of Henri Matisse and look closer at his paper cut out. Using our knowledge we create our own paper cut outs and finally produce a 3D piece using different paper manipulation techniques.



Hundertwasser (April-July)
We look at the life and work of Hundertwasser and produce live drawings from across the school of the different architecture. We create large scale bright work inspired by Hundertwasser’s buildings and finally produce a clay tile.

Year 8
In Year 8 we deliver an Art education that is based on large projects in preparation for Art based qualifications, whereby the learner takes on a more independent approach to their learning, employing a range of skills that will serve them well in the world of industry.


Urban Art

Students look at the morals and laws regarding Urban Art.They will use graffiti techniques and look at current artists work. They will develop their own ideas to create a 3D Urban Style head made from recycled materials.



Surrealism and One-Point Perspective

Exploring the theme Surrealism we look to create a one point perspective room using a variety of materials including photography and paint.

Giger and Mechanical Forms
We look at the work of the Aliens creator Giger and produce our own work inspired by his creations to produce relief work using tin foil. We look at how to produce structured drawings and accuracy in Fantasy Art.

We offer our students a range of options that all aim to give students a wide range of experiences and work ready skills such as independence, creativity, time management and self evaluation.

‘The UK has the largest creative industries sector in Europe, employing 1.5 million people.’

We offer:

Creative Art (3 year course)

GCSE Fine Art

GCSE Digital Art: Photography

Clubs / Extra Curricular Activities, visits and trips

Our classrooms are always busy and we are open most lunch times for any student who wishes to use our facilities for home work or for a personal project they wish to pursue.

We operate an open door policy for those who take Art from year 9 and beyond and expect these students to attend after school sessions on a regular basis.