In Art we encourage students to look at the world, think and be creative. We use a variety of 2D and 3D materials including pencil-crayons, paint, collage and clay so that students can explore the many different ways that they can record and present their work. Understanding the work of artists and designers and appreciating how they can influence our own work is another aspect of the course. Skills are taught so that eventually students have the understanding to express personal ideas.
Assessment is made by the teacher in a verbal and written way week by week and the project is marked as a whole body of work at the end of each rotation. Self-assessment is also developed in a guided way to encourage independent thinking skills.
The course teaches practical skills including drawing, painting and 3D work which will be used as a foundation for the GCSE course. The way we approach creative problem solving is an important dimension; which is further developed at GCSE level. Students build up resilience through practise in projects.
Students are encouraged to draw, or take photographs outside of school time. Keeping a small sketchbook or scrapbook is a useful way of collecting images and ideas. Being interested in Dance, Drama, reading for pleasure, listening to music and other hobbies are all ways of expanding our creative knowledge. Art trips to The Higgins and other galleries are an important part of informing and developing our creative ideas.