The Art department believes that it is important to encourage an appreciation of the arts and of the wider visual world through developing visual communication skills and the ability to think creatively.
Our principal aim is to create an environment where all pupils feel inspired and excited to explore and develop a range of new Art skills.
Pupils receive two Art lessons each week.
Projects are devised to enable the pupils to experience a range of different materials including charcoal, oil pastels, watercolour and poster paint and to work on both 2D and 3D projects. Three dimensional works are explored through a range of media, including clay, plaster, papier-mâché, card, wood and wire, and pupils are shown examples of both historical and contemporary art through classroom displays, books and digital media.
All our projects are designed and structured to encourage independence, but we are also keen to develop in our pupils a willingness to discuss ideas and different techniques.
What will my child study?
Pupils develop an understanding of the qualities needed to make a simple drawing. They develop an awareness and understanding of the wide range of different painting and printing styles and methods in art. They also experience how to shape and mould clay and apply colour using glazes. They learn about colour through the colour wheel and practical painting sessions.
Pupils develop the ability to record from first-hand experience. They explore mark making using a range of different drawing materials and also develop a 3D model from preliminary drawings, using a range of materials.
Pupils develop the ability to record from first hand and second-hand experience and draw three dimensional objects using simple forms. They learn the importance of using colour to create a balanced composition using painting materials, build clay into simple relief using clay tools, and use screen printing to create a design.
Pupils build on their drawing skills and develop their understanding of how to create a sense of depth and space using line and tone. They are encouraged to make an intuitive response to the materials used and the marks they make, and to explore and understand how colour is used as a form of expression. Finally they develop their skills of manipulating clay into different shapes and forms using their hands and simple clay tools.