art50Welcome to the Art Department

Summary

Art and design embodies the highest form of human creativity. Art and design teaching should instil in pupils an appreciation of beauty and an awareness of how creativity depends on technical mastery. They should learn to draw, paint and sculpt as well as design and create aesthetically pleasing objects in two and three dimensions. Pupils should learn about the achievements of great artists and designers.

Mission Statement

We aim to provide pupils a varied and enjoyable art education, and the opportunity to develop creativity by using a range of skills in a wide variety of contexts.
Pupils are able to communicate and to express their ideas and feelings through visual and other forms. Through exploring and sharing these ideas, pupils develop confidence and independence in learning. This is essential to becoming a successful learner who enjoys learning, makes progress and achieves.
Through exploring and developing ideas and assessing work critically, pupils reflect on, and analyse not only the world around them, but also their own work and the work of others. Pupils’ experience of new technologies helps to develop the skills to investigate alternative ways of working. Pupils learn to value the learning process as a key part of the creative experience.

Specific aims

Through art and design we aim to ensure that all pupils:

  • produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences
  • become proficient in using drawing, painting, sculpture and other creative expressions
  • evaluate and analyse artistic works using the language of art, craft and design
  • know about the great artists, craftsmen and designers, and understand the historical development of their art forms.

Objectives

Pupils should be taught:

  • to use a range of drawing techniques to record their observations in sketchbooks and journals as a basis for exploring their ideas using a range of media
  • to increase their proficiency in the handling of different materials
  • to analyse and evaluate their own work, and that of others, in order to strengthen the visual impact of their work and to consider it’s context
  • about the history of art, craft and design

Each year the pupils work is displayed in a well-attended Art and Technology exhibition. Parents and pupils are invited to view the work and to celebrate the pupils’ achievements.

In the department we are of proud of our involvement in the school production. With a dedicated team of artistic pupils we have designed and produced sets and props working alongside the music and drama departments.

Art club is on Monday and Wednesday after school until 4:15pm and is well attended.  The department is also open for KS4 pupils to drop in to add to their coursework at lunchtimes and most nights after school. 

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