Art, Design & Photography gives pupils the opportunity to respond creatively to their experiences and environment, to gain an understanding of other artists’ and photographers’ work and expand visual knowledge.
All the creative disciplines encourage problem solving skills and lateral thinking which in turn helps to build confidence and self-esteem.
Key Stage 2 Art and Design
Pupils will be taught to use a range of materials creatively to design and make. Drawing, painting and sculpture will help to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination. They will develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space.
Encouraged to talk about the work by a range of artists, craft makers and designers, describing the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, and making links to their own work.
Pupils will learn to develop techniques, including their control and their use of materials, with creativity, experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design. Building confidence in drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials [for example, pencil, charcoal, paint, clay]
They will learn about artists, architects and designers through history to contemporary practice. We visit London’s exciting galleries and museums to further enrich art projects.
We are fully committed to learning outside of the classroom when the timetable allows. Through understanding each pupil’s individual learning style, the department focuses on providing appropriate, engaging content and teaching methods conducive to the needs and interests of our learners. Throughout each stage of their artistic studies, pupils are introduced to stimulating lesson topics and processes, with opportunities to learn wide ranging skills and techniques.
Learners are encouraged to discuss their achievements through group critiques, one-to-one tutorials and exhibitions of work. This process has provided a platform from which pupils can realise their achievements and excel in their creative endeavors.
Key Stage 3 Art and Design
Pupils will learn to work across a wide range of media including paint, clay, printmaking, ICT and sculpture. A variety of topics are often linked to other curriculum areas such as History, English and Science.
Topics may include Nature and Print, Art & Design from other Cultures, Colour and Expressionism, Self portraits, 3D Techniques, Surrealism, Viewpoints and Cubism. The formal elements will continue to be embedded using tone and texture, line, pattern, structure, form and shape. Continuing to build their knowledge on artists and discuss the different types of art genres. Creative discussion in the art room and on visits to art galleries will form an essential part of the skill building.
Parents can find specific curriculum information in their child’s termly ICM reports. These can be accessed via the Parent Portal: https://schoolbase.online