In art lessons, students are challenged not simply to make art but to extend, explore and expand their creative thinking and problem solving skills. They will be taught to feel confident exploring media, to be able to express their own feelings and opinions fluently, whether in the written or visual form.
Through our art curriculum we support students in learning to co-operate and negotiate and be able to learn from others. We look at the work of artists and craftspeople, celebrating other cultures and encouraging diversity. We develop students’ awareness of art in society and expect them to achieve by applying a variety of skills from the wider curriculum together with those specific to art and creating artworks.
Our art aims to:
- Encourage and engage students in the activity of observing to improve drawing skills.
- Embrace new media and techniques to experiment and develop skills that enable them to make informed choices about their work.
- Create an atmosphere of independence, encouraging students through positivity and engagement with the subject, to want to engage with the subject outside of lessons.
- Building confidence in students – through praise, recognition of effort, rewards, repeating learnt techniques each term and year, building on challenge.
- Be adaptive to different learning styles, modelling of techniques and outcomes through teacher led demonstrations.
- Draw inspiration and expertise from our community with artist led workshops and trips.
- Enable students to reflect and draw on their own outcomes and practices to improve and develop their work.
- Explore a wide range of art and design disciplines at Key Stage 3, incorporating elements of art, craft and design, photography, graphics and art textiles in schemes of learning, to broaden students’ experience of the curriculum. This enables them to specialise at Key Stage 4 and make informed decisions when choosing options.