Art & Design 2017-05-24T10:46:43+00:00

The Arts: Art & Design

“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.” – Scott Adams

Welcome & Ethos

In the Art Department we aim to provide a positive, supportive and exciting place where students are encouraged to use their imagination and creativity to express themselves. As Art staff, we are passionate about our subject and we seek to share our love of Art by giving our students the confidence to develop their own ideas and then to understand how to use different materials, techniques and processes to realise their intentions. We explore ideas and meanings in the work of a vast array of traditional and contemporary artists, craftspeople and designers and learn about the diverse roles and functions of art, craft and design in the contemporary world and in different times and cultures.

The Art Department consists of four qualified art teachers each with their own specialism within the subject. By utilising this range of expertise, we are able to present a diverse and lively Art curriculum that gives our students the opportunity to explore, create and express themselves through a vast range of media.

Context of the Subject

Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. A high-quality art and design education should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. As students progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.

Our aim is to help students produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences. We help them to become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques.

We teach students to evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design; to know about great artists, craft makers and designers;  and understand the historical and cultural development of their art form.

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Curriculum Facilities

A great learning environment is vital so lessons take place in four purpose built art studios which provide a lively and inspirational backdrop. Traditional, specialist art equipment and materials are used alongside new technology to ensure that students can produce quality artwork of a high standard. In addition, we have a darkroom for the processing of Photography and one of our studios includes a kiln for the production of ceramics and glass.