Art is taught to enable students to develop their creativity through the exploration and experimentation of different visual, tactile and sensory experiences. Students are encouraged to develop an understanding of the elements of Art and principles of design through the creation of art works in various media using different art making techniques and processes. This subsequently promotes a rigorous insight into the many art and design disciplines and how they shape history and contribute to culture.
There is also an emphasis on the cultivation of student’s visual literacy through the encouragement of critical thinking and the use of art vocabulary.
In Key stage one, students are introduced to and start to develop their skills in drawing from memory, imagination and observation through the use of different fine and broad media such as coloured pencils, oil pastels, and charcoal and felt tipped markers. Students also start creating colour by learning how to mix and apply paint in different ways using watercolour and tempera paints.
There is also an experimentation with media such as clay to enable the students to explore 3 dimensional art processes.
In Key stage two, students learn to document and review their creative thought processes through the use of sketch books. A lot of emphasis is placed upon students improving on their mastery of the art and design techniques and processes explored in Key Stage 1. Students are also introduced to and start to develop an affinity for design and technology when they are tasked with designing and making products through experiences which involve structures, mechanisms and food technology.
During the summer term, our students are provided the opportunity to learn a wider range of techniques and processes from professional artists who run 2-3 week residency workshops. This culminates in a whole school exhibition that celebrates student’s aesthetic, emotional and intellectual growth all through the academic year.