Art and Design encourages students to develop their creativity and imagination and allows for freedom of expression. Students are given opportunities to explore the art forms of different times and cultures and to focus on the work of a variety of different artists, craftspeople and designers. Through this they develop their critical awareness. Students are taught specific skills enabling them to feel confident using different media and processes to create work in 2 and 3D. Students are encouraged to express their ideas and feelings through observation, imagination and memory and to think about the impact of their – and others’- artwork on the environment.
Key Stage 3
In Key Stage 3 students develop the important skills in order to improve technique. They do this by studying art around the world as well as exploring and employing techniques used by a range of famous artists. For example, students research Aboriginal art and look at Picasso’s Blue Period. The artistic styles students develop include portrait painting, Pop Art, surrealism and still life. Art has proven to be an effective way to help improve both fine and gross motor skills as well as to express ideas and feelings in a creative way.
Key Stage 4
The Art and Design course follows a Fine Art route leading to a GCSE in Art and Design (AQA). This allows students the freedom to explore many different types of art specialisms whilst on the course and choose their own direction of study. This enables us to build a personal curriculum around the interests of each individual student and at the same time rapidly develop with them high order technical and creative skills to guarantee they achieve very high standards.
Strategies that help can include:
Visual details of the sequencing skills required to construct a model or carry out an activity
Keeping a portfolio of work to boost self–esteem and to encourage discussion and interaction with others.
To instil a sense of pride and achievement, students’ work will be promoted in high profile art displays around the school.