Art, Design and Photography
“The artist is not a different kind of person, but every person is a different kind of artist” Eric Gill
Art is the expression or application of creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as drawing, painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty, emotional power or to communicate a message. Art & Design plays a vital role in developing curiosity, creativity and self-expression alongside resilience, confidence and critical thinking skills.
The art and design curriculum is designed to provide breadth and depth, with the content planned to be varied and enjoyable. Experiences will offer opportunities for students to revisit and consolidate key skills in the following disciplines: research and critical reflection, drawing, printmaking, painting, sculpture and ceramics, mixed-media and photography. These skills are underpinned by developing an awareness and understanding of the formal elements and principles of design.
The content within each scheme of learning ensures that spaced learning is focused around 4 areas of assessment which are embedded and continuously revisited, providing cumulative knowledge and skills across the key stages. The areas of assessment relate to a learning cycle and provide a schema upon which students learn how to research and develop their ideas (A01), explore and experiment with ideas and techniques (A02), record observations and ideas (A03) and develop a personal response (A04).
Year on year, our curriculum introduces students to a wide range of art and artists, including those from different periods and cultures, developing an understanding of how art impacts and enhances societies and our surroundings. Every year, there is a clear progression of skills, which build on prior learning and enable the acquisition and application of skills, processes and techniques with increasing mastery.
The art & design curriculum supports our Rights Respecting school ethos with a focus on articles 12, 29 and 31. The impact of out Art and Design curriculum is that it equips students to be creative, reflective and engaged learners.
We offer a range of extra-curricular provision in the form of clubs, study support sessions and study visits to enable students to extend their learning outside of the classroom. Artist led workshops provide links to the creative industry and allow students to work alongside practicing artists.
KCC Arts Week is held annually in the summer term to complement the curriculum. This enrichment week focuses on cross curricular learning opportunities, collaborative and self-led work, sharing our learning and outcomes with our community through an annual summer exhibition.
“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” Maya Angelou