The Art Department seeks to develop students’ visual language and hone the skills needed to make them confident and knowledgeable practitioners. Students will understand the creative process and develop the skills and knowledge needed to produce art. They will have experience of working in a range of media and using a range of techniques. Students will understand how to describe and analyse the work of different artists and designers and also understand how this work impacts on their own.
Initially students will use a range of techniques and materials to explore the role of the formal elements when creating art. Through this process students will hone their skills and learn new ones. They will be taught the importance and relevance of working from primary source materials and they will learn how observational studies form the basis of more complex projects. As students’ understanding of different practices grows the work that they undertake will become more complex and sophisticated. Students will be taught how to use technical and specialist language when writing about their work and the work of different artists and they will learn about how the work of others can give them greater insight into their own work. When students study art at a higher level, at GCSE or in the sixth form, their work will become more personal and students will be encouraged to be ambitious and sophisticated in the way that they develop their ideas. Students will be taught how to use a sketchbook as a working document and understand its significance in the process of creating Art.
We aim for our students to be confident practitioners who produce work that displays a sound grasp of key areas in Art. Students should be able to understand the creative process and how it impacts on their life and other people’s lives. Their work should show a greater level of sophistication and expertise when using a range of techniques and media. They should be able to annotate the work of different artists and make comparisons between this and their own work. Students should be creative, inquisitive, imaginative, patient, focused, diligent, ambitious, tenacious and risk takers.