The art department aims to engage and excite students about the world of art, craft and design. Art and design includes fine art, illustration, collage, graphic design, sculpture, photography and printing. We are committed to delivering a curriculum accessible to all; structuring tasks throughout the three years of KS3 so that all students are supported and encouraged. We want our students to become confident and creative learners who can work independently and develop their own personal responses.
Our curriculum ensures that students develop their skills using a range of techniques and processes. An important element is personal choice when responding to a series of themes and titles. At key stage three they will increase their proficiency in a range of techniques and media, to analyse their own work and the work of others. We want them to explore their own imaginations and to be able to decode the visual world of TV, advertising and digital media that surrounds them. They will also be taught the history of art, craft and design so that they are able to contextualise the important developments and major artists.
During each year all students will become familiar with three artistic processes; developing their projects in a variety of ways in order to reach successful conclusions and visual outcomes. Our curriculum develops competencies such as decision making, independent working, project development and creative thinking; all of which are highly valuable assets. The level of personal choice in our curriculum offer also enables our students to develop meaning and message in their work which provides students with a creative outlet to explore a variety of social and personal issues. We encourage many of our students to take up GCSE art design, our nine term KS3 course works as a standalone introduction to the world of art but is also an excellent preparation for KS4.