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The importance of Art and Design
‘Art and Design stimulates creativity and imagination. It provides visual, tactile and sensory experiences and a unique way of understanding and responding to the world. Pupils use colour, form, texture, pattern and different materials and processes to communicate what they see feel and think. Through art and design activities, they learn to make informed value judgments and aesthetic and practical decisions, becoming actively involved in shaping environments.
They explore ideas and meanings in the work of artists, craftspeople and designers. They learn about the diverse roles and functions of art, craft and design in contemporary life, and in different times and cultures. Understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of the visual arts have the power to enrich our personal and public lives.’
The National Curriculum for England
Art and Design
Art develops pupil’s visual literacy, it allows them to express themselves, respond visually and critically to their environment and the world around.
Pupils develop knowledge and understanding of Art concepts whilst gaining skills and confidence in using a range of media.
Analysing and responding to the work of artists from a range of time and cultures informs the developement of their own work.
Key Stage 3: Years 7, 8 and 9
Pupils develop knowledge and understanding of communicating using visual language. Pupils work within skills based projects using and manipulating materials and processes.
Activites include printmaking, painting, 3D and ceramics developed from exploring, recording and analysing visual information. Drawing skills supports project work.
Project themes include portraits, landscapes, Islamic design featuring ICT, surrealism, still life, composition and perspective.
GCSE Art and Design
The GCSE course encourages pupils to extend skills from KS3 and also allows pupils to present a personal and creative response to projects set.The course includes two major coursework projects plus a timed exam.
Students celebrate their sucess with family and friends in an end of year Art Exhibition.
Art & Design at A-level
There is a brand new art block with four fully equipped art rooms offering excellent facilities and opportunities for drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, ceramics, ICT and photography. The accommodation also includes a darkroom, a photographic studio and a sixth form study room specifically dedicated to Art and Photography.
As part of the Art Course students are encouraged to work more independently and given the opportunity to visit local galleries, museums and open studios. The department organises a range of trips to exhibitions locally, in London and abroad. This includes the opportunity to hear world-renowned artists such as Antony Gormley, Quentin Blake & Grayson Perry talk about and engage students in the creative process. Students benefit from working directly with artists by visiting Curwen Printmaking Studio, and through artists workshops at school.
End of year exhibitions allow students to celebrate their achievement.
“Pupils undertake tasks willingly and enthusiastically, and express their ideas creatively. High levels of skill in working from imagination and from direct observation are common.” (Ofsted).
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