In the Art Teaching and Learning Area we are passionate about the study of art and we believe strongly in its value for each individual student.
Art develops essential critical thinking skills and whereas much of what students learn in school is concrete, art classes encourage creative and abstract thought. Skills learnt in art are transferable and art boosts academic performance, motivation and creativity in other subjects.
As well as developing the ability to analyse, evaluate, problem solve and develop fine motor skills, art teaches students to become visually literate, which is essential for the commercially astute world in which we live today.
Our vision as a Teaching and Learning Area is to create well-rounded students, who are able to work creatively and can succinctly express their own ideas and beliefs through skillful independent work.
Students receive two Art lessons per fortnight.
The course aims to develop students’ ability to communicate in Art and Design, and to understand and respond to art from different times and cultures. Students are taught to develop essential art skills and techniques including the use of line, tone, texture, proportion, colour, 3D work, composition, form, collage and mixed media in creating expressive artwork.
Projects are especially chosen to capture student’s enthusiasm and imagination whilst developing the skills needed for further study at Key Stage 4.
Students should expect to receive a variety of homework related to each unit of work. These are available on Show My Homework and may include regular keyword and spelling/definition tests, revision or practice activities for unit assessments/performances and/or research-based project tasks.