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  • Students develop understanding and appreciation of the creative arts in modern culture and history.
  • Students develop subject-specific skills and use technology to express their personal response to a creative stimulus.
  • Students investigate techniques used by artists, photographers and musicians from different times, places and cultures, and present their own work in response to this knowledge.
  • Students are entitled to be inspired by the artform being studied, and challenged to create their best personal response to it.
  • Students develop empathy and respect for others through study of art forms from differing times, places and cultures.
  • Students have the opportunity to showcase their work, for example in performance, exhibition or virtual platforms.
  • Students understand their individual creative journey and where this could lead them at post-sixteen and careers.

What is art and why study it?

Art is a creative activity through which you can communicate imaginative ideas. It includes the creation of images or objects through painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, and other visual media.

Have you ever wondered why so many creative people are successful in many different walks of life? Art & Design encourages creativity by providing opportunities to develop artistic interests as well as supporting individuals to think outside of the box and develop their ideas and interests through the processes of making.

Subject at a glance

We provide a rich and varied curriculum that stimulates creativity and develops confident, independent learners.

Students will experience and learn a wide range of skills and knowledge including:

  • recording in a variety of media including drawing, photography and annotation
  • researching and analysing of a wide range of artists from different times and places including artists, photographers, craftspeople and architecture
  • developing ideas both individually and in teams in response to project themes.
  • exploring and experimenting with materials, media including technology and processes.
  • creating a personal response by exploring the potential of different media and techniques including painting, printmaking, relief, sculpture, collage, digital imagery, animation and photography.
  • To evaluate and analyse their own and others creative works using the language of Art Craft and Design
Students are regularly challenged to explore their own practice and gain the confidence to develop this either as an artist or through transferable creative skills.

This is all underpinned with links to the creative industries, practicing artists and learning institutions. This enables students to explore and experience future pathways and realise the relevance of art and design in our modern culture whilst raising awareness of career choices and generating a love of the subject.

Imaginative projects are continually reviewed and updated and are planned to encompass all areas of Art and Design as mapped on the learning journeys. Big questions are relative to the skills being taught and learnt. Appropriate projects are made cross-curricular and take into account local, national and international agendas and take learning into the hinterland thinking.

Homework is used to support the development of skills and knowledge by embedding learning and enabling students to know their next steps. Google Classroom is used to support students with their homework. Literacy in Art and Design is marked in line with school policies and students are expected to develop their thinking and communication as artists using the language of art and design using tier 2 and tier 3 vocabulary.

At all key stages students have a grounding in a wide variety of art forms, techniques and processes. This is underpinned by the development of recording, researching, designing and making that builds on their learning at key stage two.

At key stage three students will follow the learning journey through projects that will vary in theme each year, to develop skills to become proficient in a wide range of art forms. They are introduced to the Formal Elements of Art (line, shape, colour, form, texture, pattern, tone) and within each project will experience drawing, artist research, designing and making through sketchbook work and painting, printmaking and sculpture. Alongside projects students have an art history input to enable them to develop their understanding of art throughout time and how this has developed through the ages. This is the springboard to key stage four and will enable them to have a wide knowledge and skills base to enable successful progress to next steps.