For an outline of the art curriculum by year group, please see our Curriculum Guides.
Philosophy of the Art Department
To produce a dynamic and creative environment that combines traditional media and new technologies to enable pupils to express their creativity, realise their imaginations and increase their self-esteem. This environment will give every pupil the opportunity to engage in and learn about the range of media and breadth of artistic activities the department offers. This will ultimately prepare the pupils for independent learning by developing their own concepts individually in personal project work.
- To encourage a passion for art.
- To enrich pupils’ visual understanding.
- To allow pupils to realise their imaginations and develop original thought, and to express themselves in a variety of media.
- To provide pupils with the skills, concepts and knowledge necessary for them to express their responses to ideas, feelings and experiences in a visual and tactile form.
- To enable the pupils to become visually literate by understanding art as a visual and tactile communication and to develop their ability to appreciate and evaluate images and artefacts.
- To develop pupils’ aesthetic awareness and enable them to make informed critical responses about their work and that of others.
- To introduce a broad spectrum of artists and Art movements, to develop the meaning and values of art from past, modern and contemporary art; to encourage a sense of Art history and an awareness of the contributions of artists from many cultures.
- To engage in the processes of art enthusiastically with two-dimensional and three-dimensional images.
- To embrace new technology in art and encourage experimentation with developments in this field.
- To provide equal opportunity for all pupils to fulfil potential, regardless of their gender, cultural background or ability.
Year 7 visited the Henry Moore Studio and Gardens as well as Wenbar Plastics for their 2017 Art Trip.
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Various Art projects from pupils in Years 7 & 8 2016 - Summer
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Year 7 Portrait work 2016
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The exhibition of Year 4 artwork started with a surreal story. The children were then asked to think up a story based on something from their imagination. The children looked at the surrealist artwork of Dali and Magritte for inspiration and they drew chapter 1 of their story in pencil. Chapter 2 was drawn and painted with watercolours and chapter 3 was drawn with pastels. The exhibition in the Talbot Room is made up of artwork from chapters 1 and 3 of the children’s stories. The children were taught how to use tone, shade and highlight in their drawings.
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The pupils were asked to explore objects from different viewpoints as the starting point. They developed ideas by selecting and abstracting qualities of various objects to use as the basis for their paintings. Throughout the project, they researched still life artwork and abstract artists who use still life as a starting point for their work.
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The pupils explored the motion of walking and drew this movement, whilst looking at the futurist artwork of Boccioni and Balla. Their drawings were simplified into collaged shapes and these shapes formed the basis of their sculptures, which show dynamic activities and movement. The sculptures are made in clay which has been fired, glued and painted.
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Please click here to see examples of animations created by pupils during art lessons and in their own time.