Art + 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 and the people in it. The pupils will use colour, form, texture, pattern, design and different materials and processes to communicate what they see, feel and think. Pupils learn to make informed value judgements and aesthetic and practical decisions and a key part of curriculum will be exploring ideas and meanings in the work of artists, craftspeople and designers. As part of their experiences, pupils learn about the diverse roles and functions of art, craft and design in contemporary life, and in different times and cultures.



Pupils' Learning Experiences

Art enables pupils to operate at their own level and we offer a range of activities so that all pupils can reach their full potential. We believe pupils should ever be allowed to say they cannot draw, or be put in a situation in which they feel threatened. They should feel comfortable and will be encouraged to concentrate on developing the skills until they feel confident to tackle more adventurous and challenging forms of art.
We stimulate curiosity, generate enthusiasm for knowledge, encourage pupils to think and plan, and give them experience of sharing and co-operation.
Art is particularly valuable for pupils with learning difficulties. Many display a depth of understanding and talent and, with encouragement, are capable of achieving a good standard of work. This sense of achievement increases their self- confidence, which may overlap into other areas of their school life.



Key Stage 3

In Key Stage 3, pupils will be working in two and three dimensions and will be encouraged to work as individuals and as part of a group to promote co-operation and a sharing of ideas. They will be following a thematic approach that, where possible, will be cross-curricular, so that pupils gain a deeper understanding of the period/culture/region being studied.
The use of Information Communication Technology (ICT) to research artists and art movements also using specific art design programs.
Oral and written activities to support their learning and literacy skills especially with regards to critical studies of art works and evaluating their own and others work.
Connections with numeracy will be made and referred to.
Studies include themes based on Portraits, Medieval Art, Shoe design, Buildings and Native American Art. These units of work will encompass a variety of skills and processes which will be re-enforced and built on to enable pupils to have a broad range of skills and knowledge in preparation for the requirements of Key Stage 4.


Key Stage 4

Pupils in Key Stage 4 will be expected to work from the foundations built up in the earlier years and be prepared to research, develop and extend ideas of their own to achieve the nationally accredited courses that they are involved in.