Art and Design
The Art department aims to challenge and stretch our students as artists. We use Art as a tool to nurture cultural awareness and creativity and enable all students to widen their awareness of the world they live in. We aim to provide all children with a wide ranging, positive experience, which encourages a lifelong interest in Art. The Art curriculum is planned and sequenced so that new knowledge and skills are delivered in logical progression and build on what has been taught before, encouraging students to increase proficiency in their execution. We strive to ensure that each and every pupil has the opportunity to develop as creative thinkers within the department’s programme of work.
In our teaching we increase visual language through seeing, understanding, questioning and practising. Our Art curriculum is critical and contextual at its core. Artists, craftspeople and designers are used to underpin practical tasks to support, develop and allow students to investigate further. We explore techniques, materials and ideas through developmental schemes of work which are sympathetic to all pupils’ needs, and set high levels of expectation, relative to their ability and experience.
Cross-curricular links with History, English literature, Maths, MFL, Geography, Design Technology, Religion and Citizenship underpin many of the curriculum projects. Cultural links define many projects and literature is often a key feature.
In Year 7, students are assessed in their first lesson to ascertain prior learning and provide a benchmark to inform and adapt teaching. Differentiated tasks cater for the progression of all students. We introduce the formal elements of Art and Design through: line, tone, shape, structure, pattern, colour and proportion at a basic level. We look at Art past and present and develop literacy skills through: key words, written evaluations, analysing and expressing opinions.
In Year 8 students build upon learning from Year 7 to further develop skills and techniques. They are introduced to a wider variety of materials and explore colour mixing, gradation, mixed media, perspective, scale and dimension.
In Year 9 students continue to extend their experience of a range of media. They develop advanced skills and processes for each activity including the use of higher level thinking. Students begin to lead their own work more independently in preparation for GCSE Level.
A high-quality Art curriculum enables pupils to enjoy and succeed as creative thinkers and become fully rounded individuals. It gives students the opportunity to explore visual, tactile and other sensory experiences to communicate ideas and meanings. Through the exploration of traditional and new media students develop confidence, competence, imagination and creativity. They learn to appreciate and value images and artefacts across times and cultures, and to understand the contexts in which they were made. Students are encouraged to reflect critically on their own and other people’s work, judging quality, value and meaning. They become adventurous, enquiring and build on creative skills. Students learn to think and act as artists, craftspeople and designers, working creatively and intelligently with the potential of progressing into the creative industries.