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Art and Design
Art and Design embodies some of the highest forms of human creativity and critical thinking. A high-quality art and design education engages, inspires and challenges students, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art and design.
Our key aim is based on the recognition of the universal human necessity for visual communication. Through studying a variety of different elements of art, students will learn to express their character in a multitude of media. Students will be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design as they progress. They will know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.
The Key Stage 3 Art and Design curriculum must:
- develop a wealth of artistic knowledge from traditional and contemporary artists and explicit periods in art considering cultural and historical significance when placed in context and the present day
- apply this knowledge and the experiences and emotions of the individual to interpret, analyse and evaluate art in its myriad forms
- develop an understanding of the complexities of colour; blending, complementary and creation of colours based on an in-depth knowledge of colour theory
- build knowledge of different media and its characteristics in order to experiment and manipulate them to create works of art
- apply this knowledge to understand appropriate media for specific styles and movements and the development of fine motor skills
- develop critical observational skills when appreciating different artistic forms in order to apply them in the development of observational drawing techniques
- develop an understanding of techniques such as the grid method and enlargement methods to improve accuracy and appreciate tone, perspective and mark making
- lay the foundation of knowledge to support the refinement and evaluation of artistic works to enhance and improve it with new artistic techniques
The Key Stage 4 Art and Design curriculum must:
- develop an in-depth appreciation of the style, media and techniques through research into one artist of designer and the methods they use
- develop critical thinking skills that combine with knowledge of the artist/designer to develop an understanding of the cultural and historical significance of their work
- build the confidence to experiment with different media through a process of testing and reflecting and evaluating to result in a path to mastery
- continue to develop the observational skills of the artist through practice and refinement and comparison with traditional and contemporary artists and styles
- teach students to reflect upon the process from draft to final piece to observe and understand the changes over time