Art and Design

Why we teach Art & Design

To encourage the values of:

  • Development of self and community.
  • Personal creativity and the appreciation of others’ creativity in art and design.
  • Effectively recording and communicating ideas and experiences.

What we are aiming to do

  • To engage (attract and hold children’s interest.)
  • To inspire (fill with an enlivening sense of meaning and purpose.)
  • To challenge (stimulate development through activities that enable Learners to work at the edge of their knowledge and skill.)
  • To promote the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of students.
  • To prepare students for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences later in life.
  • To enable students to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design.
  • To enable students to reflect on their work and that of others and to apply their learning, so as to strengthen their work.
  • To enable students to appreciate how art and design reflects and shapes our history.
  • To enable students to appreciate how art and design contributes to our culture, creativity and wealth.

How we teach it

  • Through our balanced and broadly based Art & Design curriculum that follows and extends the national curriculum published by the Department for Education and plans for the development of essential attitudes, skills and knowledge.
  • Through curriculum links with other subjects such as PHSE, English & Music.
  • Through exciting, stimulating, inclusive teaching that promotes the progressive development of essential knowledge, understanding and skills.

How we identify progression in Art & Design

Becoming more able to produce high quality Art & Design work that engages students in:

  • Being creative.
  • Becoming technically more proficient in using drawing, painting and 3-D (and in their control and use other media and materials) to develop and share ideas and experiences.
  • Recording experiences.
  • Exploring ideas.
  • Thinking through their own and others work.
  • Becoming more able to apply knowledge and skill in new and challenging undertakings.

Becoming more able to think and communicate verbally and in writing about Art & Design in order to strengthen their own work. Thinking comprises:

  • Exploring ideas.
  • Analysing.
  • Thinking critically.
  • Evaluating.
  • Expressing reasoned judgements.
  • Using Art & Design concepts and vocabulary.
  • Developing a more rigorous (accurate, consistent and dependable thinking) understanding (system of knowledge) of art and design, its great practitioners and its historical development.