In art and design, students are taught to communicate ideas and meanings through different materials methods and techniques. They work with traditional and new media, developing confidence, competence, imagination and creativity. They learn to appreciate and value images and artifacts across times and cultures, and to understand the contexts in which they were made. Students reflect critically on their own and other people’s work, judging quality, value and meaning. They learn to think and act as artists and designers, working creatively and intelligently. They develop an appreciation of art and design, and its role in the creative and cultural industries that enrich their lives.
The aim of the department, across all year groups, is to create a safe classroom environment that encourages students to take responsibility for their own learning and that enables them to develop their skills, knowledge and understanding. They are taught to develop their creativity and ideas, and increase proficiency in their execution. Students also develop a critical understanding of artists, architects and designers, expressing reasoned judgements that can inform their own work. Students are taught:
- to use a range of techniques to record their observations in sketchbooks, as a basis for exploring their ideas;
- to use a range of techniques and media, including painting and mixed media;
- to increase their proficiency in the handling of different materials;
- to analyse and evaluate their own work, and that of others, in order to strengthen the visual impact or applications of their work about the history of art, craft and design.
A range of student centred strategies help to facilitate this:
- group discussion/critiques of work;
- observation of teacher-led demonstrations;
- use of ICT in classroom and for homework assignments where appropriate;
- gallery/museum visits when link can be made with project;
- recording in sketchbooks;
- use of artefacts to inspire ideas and create primary drawing from;
- practical work and contextual investigation.