Art and design is a wonderfully diverse, challenging and rewarding subject that has at its foundation an engagement with both your imagination and the extraordinary world around you, together with an understanding of how this permeates through all aspects of everyday life.
The department is a rich source of inspiration from the subject specialists who teach in it to the students who immerse themselves in their art on a daily basis. Our aim is to give every student the skills, knowledge and experiences they need to allow them to not only reach their potential but to be able to make an informed decision about their direction in life.
The curriculum is designed to engage each child in a creative dialogue with both the art of the past and that of the present day, understanding the origins of art and design informs the contemporary landscape that we inhabit and allows for a richer and more productive engagement with the subject.
From the very start of KS3 students are challenged in their understanding of both material and technique, of what constitutes a successful piece of artwork and the development of a vocabulary which makes the discussion of art a language accessible to all.
Through demonstration, support, engagement and feedback, students will start to uncover the breadth of skills, materials and approaches that will allow them to communicate their ideas, in an imaginative and expressive way. By continually referring to artists in our teaching the purpose of media choice and style of art becomes relevant and connection between the real world and even the most conceptual artwork better understood.
We aim to allow every student the space and experience to start to develop their own visual language regardless of what specialist area that might take them into. Art and Design is an open and holistic subject area that allows each individual an opportunity to discover their inner artist complemented by the tools to express their ideas to the benefit of all.