Art / Photography

Welcome to the Art Department!


Aims and objectives

Art and design stimulates creativity and imagination. It provides visual, tactile and sensory experiences and a special way of understanding and responding to the world. It enables pupils to communicate what they see, feel and think through the use of colour, texture, form, pattern and different materials and processes. Pupils become involved in shaping their environments through art and design activities. They learn to make informed judgments and aesthetic and practical decisions. They explore ideas and meanings through the work of artists and designers. Through learning about the roles and functions of art, they can explore the impact it has had on contemporary life and that of different times and cultures. GCSE’s are offered in both Art and Photography, with most students taking both and starting one in year 9. Entry Level Art and Design is also undertaken in the form of the Creative Arts and Media Diploma.

The aims of art and design are:

  • to enable pupils to record from first-hand experience and from imagination, and to select their own ideas to use in their work;
  • to develop creativity and imagination through a range of activities;
  • to improve the pupils’ ability to control materials, tools and techniques;
  • to increase their critical awareness of the roles and purposes of art and design in different times and cultures;
  • to develop increasing confidence in the use of visual and tactile elements and materials;
  • to foster an enjoyment and appreciation of the visual arts and a knowledge of artists, craftspeople and designers.
  • To develop skills in planning own projects and final pieces whilst making creative links between artists work and their own work.

Teaching and learning style

The school uses a variety of teaching and learning styles in art and design lessons. Our principal aim is to develop the pupils’ knowledge, skills and understanding in art and design. We ensure that the act of investigating and making something includes exploring and developing ideas, and evaluating and developing work. We do this best through a mixture of whole-class teaching and individual/group activities. Teachers draw attention to good examples of individual performance as models for the other pupils. They encourage pupils to evaluate their own ideas and methods, and the work of others, and say what they think and feel about them. We give pupils the opportunity within lessons to work on their own and collaborate with others, on projects in two and three dimensions and on different scales. Pupils also have the opportunity to use a wide range of materials and resources, including ICT and Photography.

We recognise the fact that we have pupils of differing ability in all our classes, and so we provide suitable learning opportunities for all children by matching the challenge of the task to the ability of the child. We achieve this through a range of strategies:

  • setting common tasks that are open-ended and can have a variety of responses;
  • setting tasks of increasing difficulty where not all pupils complete all tasks;
  • providing a range of challenges with different resources;
  • using additional adults to support the work of individual children or small groups.
  • Giving students the option to choose the degree of difficulty in their work and giving them the chance to identify their own challenge and set own objectives.

Art and Design National Curriculum

Purpose of study 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 pupils 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.
Aims The national curriculum for art and design aims to ensure that all pupils:
• Produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences
• Become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques
• Evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design
• Know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.

Pupils should be taught to develop their creativity and ideas, and increase proficiency in their execution. They should develop a critical understanding of artists, architects and designers, expressing reasoned judgments that can inform their own work.
Pupils should be taught:
• To use a range of techniques to record their observations in sketchbooks, journals and other media as a basis for exploring their ideas.
• To use a range of techniques and media, including painting.
• 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, design and architecture, including periods, styles and major movements from ancient times up to the present day.

Quotes from students

“I like art because it’s fun and it keeps me calm” Travis

“Time goes so fast when you are having fun in art” Joseph

“ I never thought I could be an artist, now I am one!” Leon

“I love art, it is my favourite subject” Kacey

“I like using the textures and the colours, it makes me feel me feel like a proper artist, it makes me feel happy” Hannah Jones