Our aim is to provide a high-quality art and design programme of study that will engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. Pupils’ understanding and enjoyment of art and design is paramount and there are a range of activities that are designed to develop their knowledge and understanding of Art, encouraging them to question and think about their work and improve their skills. Each student is encouraged to achieve high standards, be adventurous and experiment with a range of media and processes. Sketchbooks are an essential part of their independent learning and students are encouraged to use these effectively to aid their creative development, improve their confidence and extend their capabilities in the subject.
In Art we aim to:
Provide students with the opportunity to learn new skills, develop imaginative responses, record feelings, express ideas, stimulate their creativity and imagination.
Provide structured schemes which cover a variety of topics and incorporate the use of various materials, techniques and processes.
Encourage students to become aware and develop an appreciation of the importance of Art and Design in everyday life and contributions made by past and present artists and designers.
Help improve student’s visual awareness and artistic vocabulary.
Encourage students to be able to select and experiment with different materials to improve their skills and their own artistic style.
Develop discussion and evaluation of student’s own work and that of others, and share their ideas and opinions.
Encourage student’s self-confidence and allow them to take pride in their work.
Produce observational drawings where they will record what they see and what they recall from memory.
Undertake imaginative and expressive activities, recording their ideas and feelings and exploring their imagination.
Explore the formal elements of art: line, tone, colour, shape, form, texture and pattern.
Develop their knowledge and familiarize themselves with a range of artists and styles, improving their knowledge of art history and other cultures.
Learn a range of skills including drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, pottery, 2-D and 3-D work, collage and digital media.
Work independently and in groups.
Use various materials and equipment safely.
Explore cross-curricular themes where appropriate.
Make use of art books in the department library and carry out their own research using the internet to develop their knowledge and inspire subsequent work.
Be shown examples of artists work relevant to their own work being produced in class.
Be expected to work to their highest ability at all times.
Be given a sketchbook in which they will complete all artwork, both in class and home learning tasks, covering a range of topics and activities.
We are very lucky to have local artist Caro ward (www.paintingsbycaro.co.uk) who runs an after school art club for Year 6 on Mondays and for Year 7 on Tuesdays. Pupils will learn a variety of techniques including watercolour and learn how they can develop their own style. They will work on a variety of projects using Caro’s work as inspiration.
Art and SMSC
Art lends itself to a wide range of Spiritual, Moral, Cultural and Social studies. Pupils will analyse, engage with and question their own and others work, identify how beliefs, values and meanings are expressed and shared. Pupils are encouraged to express themselves through their art, which is supported by strong research into the wider world around them.
Spiritual Development in Art
Spiritual education involves the awe and wonder of art that is shown to the pupils. Our schemes of learning are dependent on the pupils ability to enquire and communicate their ideas, meanings and feelings. Pupils investigate visual, tactile and other sensory qualities of their work and others work. Independent thinking is encouraged that will enable students to develop their ideas and intentions and express them in an appropriate manner.
Pupils demonstrate their spiritual development through their pride in their work, curiosity in investigating styles, genres and artists from a range of movements. Their interpretation of objects, emotions and development of their own unique style is encouraged throughout the curriculum. For example in Year Seven we study the work of African Art and it’s spiritual meaning. Pupils learn about various African tribes and their uses of masks within their society.
Moral education is delivered through opportunities to discuss and debate pieces of art, their meaning and how moral issues are portrayed through art. Pupils are often asked to discuss their work and that of their peers and be sensitive to others feelings when doing so. They may be asked to examine art that addresses morality and are asked to reflect on the context and time in which these were made and how it relates or impacts in the world that we now live. Pupils are encouraged to understand the world and also appreciate the diverse forms in which art may be presented.
Social development is delivered through the celebration of pupils work throughout the school and displayed in many areas. Pupils work independently and collaboratively to develop pieces of art work. Pupils will understand, appreciate and accept others, opinions, tastes, talents and interpretations. Pupils learn that art is a method of communication that is worldwide and it is a form of language that may be communicated without any writing or speaking. In Year 8 we study the work of the pop artists and the reasons it began and learn about the role it plays in fashion today. Pupils than design and produce their own portrait that reflects their life.
Cultural education involves the investigation and appreciation of how other countries, cultures, religion and beliefs influence art pieces, movements and genres. Art also examines responses to art dependent on culture, background and understanding of issues that may have led to a piece of art. An appreciation of the pupils’ community and culture is important to cultural development in art as well as their respect and appreciation of diversity. In year 6 we study the art work associated with the Mexican day of the dead and the influences it has on modern day.