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Visual Arts

Meet the Visual Arts Team

Mrs Murray (Head of Visual Arts Art and Photography teacher), Miss Staley (Art and DT teacher), Ms Christensen (Art and Photography Teacher), Mrs Shakir (Food and Nutrition Teacher), Mrs Aeberhard (DT Teacher), Miss Viflic (Visual Arts Technician) and Mrs Lomas (Food Technician)


The Visual Arts Department is made up of four subject areas; Art and Design, Photography, Design and Technology and Food and Nutrition. These Visual Arts subjects will provide every student with the opportunity to be creative and inspire them to learn a wide range of traditional and modern skills using a wide selection of different media, materials and equipment. 

All students studying Art, Photography and D&T will learn about the works of different Artists, Designers and Makers and are encouraged to respond to briefs and project starting points in a creative, original, independent and sensitive way. Students learn about a vast range of different issues and topics from the environment and natural world to the work of different cultures and traditions.  

Food and Nutrition will also additionally encourage students to make healthy choices, organise themselves and learn important life skills. They will do this through preparing and cooking food, understanding what makes a balanced diet and plan and produce dishes for a purpose. 

All four subjects provide Key stage 3 students with a solid foundation and prepares students for their GCSE’s in KS4, where they can be even more experimental, independent, risk taking and develop problem-solving within their work. 


Curriculum maps

To view the curriculum map for Art and Design/Photography click here.  

To view the curriculum map for Design and Technology click here.  



Why study Art?

 Art and Design is an exciting and creative subject to study. It encourages self-expression and creativity, which helps build students confidence as well as sense of individual identity.

Art helps to enhance your fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, problem solving skills, open mindedness, increases creativity, risk taking, learning from one’s mistakes, and being open to other possibilities.


Key Stage 3 Curriculum Information:

At KS3 students follow a programme of study that builds skills, understanding and knowledge in a wide range of art forms including fine art (Painting, drawing), printmaking, ceramics, textiles/fashion and photography. Throughout the project's students will develop skills in, research, investigation and experimentation in both visual and written formats. Students will also develop cultural understanding, art history and looking at existing art from a wide range of sources.

This gives the students an excellent foundation and will enable them to be prepared at KS4 for GCSE.


Enrichment to the curriculum:

Newhaven Fish Festival – Each year KS3 students are given the opportunity to get involved in thier local community and take part in the fish Festival parade. This includes art workshops with local artists, creating artwork to display in the parade.

Wakehurst Place Art/Photography trip - Creating land art inspired by Andy Goldsworthy. Taking pictures in the outdoors focusing on Natural Forms.

Art and Photography Clubs - Every Tuesday and Thursday after school in the Visual Arts Department.School

Drama Productions – Students get involved in making the school props and stage design in preparation for our yearly school show.


5 Frequently Asked Questions: 

1. What projects/topics do you learn at KS3?
In year 7 we study three different Projects Celtic Letterforms/introduction to Colour theory, Natural forms and Harbour.

2. What mediums or equipment do I get to use in the art department?
We have a wide range of materials in the department and students will have the opportunity at KS3 and KS4 to learn and experiment with the following: Painting, drawing, Ceramics, 2D and 3D Art (Paper Mache) fashion and textiles, printmaking, photography, Photoshop and lots of other mixed media techniques.

3. How many lessons a week?
KS3 students have two lessons of art over a fortnight

4. Do you run any after school Art clubs?
Yes, we run Art and Photography clubs on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Art department.

5. How many Art teachers are there in the Art department?
We have got currently three teachers teaching Art and Design within the department. Ms Christensen, Mrs Murray and Miss Staley.


Design Technology

Why study Design Technology?

Design and Technology is all around us making the study of D&T valuable for both students individually and for our wider society. It enables our young people to actively investigate and better understand their world. D&T encourages students to experiment and problem solve in resourceful, innovative and enterprising ways. They will learn skills in researching, designing, planning, evaluating as well as develop capable practical skills through making projects.  D&T aims to nurture skills and attitudes that will help students contribute creatively to society.


Key Stage 3 Curriculum Information:

 At KS3 students follow a programme of study that builds skills, understanding, knowledge, practical experience and competence across a range of materials and processes in Design & Technology.

Students will use a variety of starting points and creative approaches to design and make their own products in response to design problems. They will have the opportunity to work with specialist tools and equipment in the D&T workshops alongside Computer Aided Design and Make tasks.  They will build on sketching and technical drawing skills as well as modelling to help communicate and test their own ideas. Across KS3 students will have opportunities to make quality products to take home at the end of the year.

Enrichment to the curriculum:

In the summer term KS3 students will have the opportunity to participate in enrichment clubs after school in the workshops. We also aim to organise some KS3 specific competitions throughout the year.

Link to activities:

The Spaghetti Tower Challenge:

Here is a tower challenge you can do at home exploring structures!


The Design Ventura Challenge:

This is the link to MINI challenges set by the Design Museum London for KS3 students



5 Frequently Asked Questions: 

  1. What will I make?
    Our current projects at KS3 are Investigation good design, modelling Mechanisms, Acrylic Phone stand, Plywood Art deco box (including CAS/CAM), Flat pack Design and Jewellery.
  2. Will I get to use the machines?
    All year groups will have Health and safety training and the opportunity to use a range of tools and equipment including our workshop machines.
  3. Will I be in my tutor group?
    D&T is taught in smaller numbers to ensure a safe working environment so tutor are mixed to create smaller D&T classes.
  4. Do we get to do D&T all year?
    Currently in Year 7 the groups work on a carousel of 3 different areas of D&T including Food. Currently in Year 8 and 9 groups will have D&Tall year with 1 session over the two week timetable.
  5. Can I take what I make home?
    Yes we aim for students to produce quality work which they take home at the end of each project.



Why study Food? 

In year 7 Food and nutrition at Seahaven Academy students explore how to look after themselves and how important nutrition is for a balanced healthy diet. Students independently cook in the food room, first through teacher demonstration and then on to independently cooking in the food room. Health, safety and hygiene are all explored within food lessons. 


Key Stage 3 Curriculum Information: 

  • Students explore how to practically and independently cook for themselves, with an understanding of how important nutrition and the ‘Eatwell Guide’ is for their own health. 

  • Areas covered in year 7 

  • Health, safety and hygiene in the food room. 

  • Key Nutrients 

  • The Eatwell Guide 

  • A balanced diet 

  • Examples of recipes; 

  • Pasta Salad, 

  • Hearty soup, 

  • Stir frys, 

  • Fruit Salad 

  • Mini Carrot Cakes. 

Link to activities: 

Why not try and make a fruit salad?  


  • Green chopping board 

  • Sharp knife 

  • Mixing bowl 

  • Tea towel 

Fruit Salad Ingredients 

  • 1 orange  

  • 1 banana 

  • small bunch grapes 

  • 1 kiwi 

  • 1 pear 

  • 1 apple 

  • 1 lime/lime juice 


  1. Peel and segment the orange, catching the juices in a bowl. Squeeze more juice out of the remaining citrus fruit into the bowl. Set aside the orange. 

  1. Slice the banana. 

  1. Cut the grapes in half and peel and slice the kiwi. 

  1. Finally chop the pear and apple, pouring a little lime juice over the apple to retain its colour. 

  1. Combine all the fruit in a large bowl or in individual serving dishes. 

  2. Decorate with strips of lime and a sprig of mint. 


5 Frequently Asked Questions: 

  1. How many lessons a week? In KS3 students have three lessons of food every fortnight.
  2. What topics do you learn at KS3? Principles of the Eatwell Guide, key nutrients, sources and functions. Food hygiene and safety.
  3. Do we get to do food all year? Currently in Year 7 the groups work on a carousel of 3 different areas of D&T including Food. Currently in Year 8 and 9 groups will have food all year with 1 session over the fortnightly timetable.
  4. Can I take what I make home? Yes, all students are encouraged to take all food products made at school home to eat.
  5. Do I make my own food in practical lessons?  Yes, all students are required to bring their own ingredients in for practical lessons so that they can work independently.

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