Inspiring, nurturing and empowering young people with a vision impairment.


At NCW we believe that everyone can succeed in Art, and it is our role to enable students to realise their creative potential.

Tactile or visual learning plays an important part in a holistic education. The creative process is taught through practical projects – from concept and design to making and evaluation. This process is important in art and is also beneficial for a student’s general education. Art is a popular subject at NCW and we work to make lessons informative, creative and fun.

The Art and Design courses at NCW are tailor-made to individual students and designed to accommodate their particular vision impairment. The challenges of the art curriculum for a student with VI can include:

  • Difficulty in accessing art, museums and artists
  • The visual nature of most of the art curriculum
  • Difficulties in researching a topic on the internet
  • Limitations in the incidental learning which is acquired through sight.
image of a student working on a model using clay
image of a student working on a piece of art using a magnifier
image of two students working with clay during an art lesson

Examples of adaptations for vision impaired students

  • Enabling access to art and artists – direct access to the work of artists is provided through a visiting artist programme. In this scheme, professional artists bring in their work for students to handle and explore and they then teach the students specific art skills. Our students have had direct access to the work of professional ceramicists, photographers, print makers, graphic designers and jewellers.
  • Providing opportunities for both tactile and visual learning with appropriate resources. We have developed course materials which are 2D and 3D, tactile and print, all adapted to suit the needs of the particular group. For example, for a lesson on the proportions of the head and face, students have access to print drawings, swell paper drawings, ‘Yorick’ the skull, ‘Hairy Mary’, a hairdresser’s dummy and ‘Miss Polly’, a polystyrene head.
  • Assistance with researching a visual topic – Students are given guidance about how to access art resources for themselves to develop their independence skills. This can include advice about helpful websites, the provision of VI friendly topic sheets and one to one support when appropriate.
  • At Key Stage 3, working with the Drama department. Some of the art courses at NCW are designed with the drama department in order that students can experience a particular topic for themselves
  • At Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5 students decide on their chosen area of study in order to develop their personal interests.

To read about the Art Curriculum intent, please click the button below:


A Level

Eduqas Art, Craft and Design

Students plan and decide an area of interest as a starting point.

AS Level

Eduqas Art, Craft and Design

Students plan and decide an area of interest as a starting point.


Eduqas Art Craft and Design

Students are given a number of starting points to research and work from: Natural Forms, Figures etc.

Examples of work across Key Stages

Click on the pictures for information about each piece

Art Teacher:

Mrs Rachael Kings
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