The Art department envisions developing both the academic and cultural aspects of a student’s life. We aim to develop the girls in our lessons into confident individuals who can use the power of the visual language to explore issues, ideologies and situations in a variety of ways. As girls progress through the key stages we aim to develop and engender key learning habits (in particular Risk Taking and Perseverance) in order to create a learning experience in Art that the girls will find informative and memorable. We wish to develop students who will be able to explore and respond to all manner of influences during their work in the department, in a creative way. They will engage with this and develop in a disciplined manner at all times while retaining their individuality. The department continues to grow from strength to strength in all of the above aspects.
The aims and values of the department
- All students are treated equally regardless of their innate skills in the subject or their qualities as performers.
- That respect and recognition for the student’s work in class is at the core of the student’s confidence development in the subject.
- To expose the students to a large variety of techniques and skills so that they can specialise in particular elements of the subject.
- To enable students to place the work within the social, cultural, political or historical context within which it is placed.
- To enable students to learn a variety of skills that will give them a large amount of creative freedom in their emerging work.
- To develop our students into effective and reflective practitioners.
- To teach skills and habits in a variety of contexts and not ‘isolation tasks’ so that students can apply these skills in a number of situations and become more flexible learners.
Curriculum and Assessment Maps
- Ms A Pettit (Interim Subject Leader for Art and Subject Leader for PSHCE)
- Miss S Lester (Subject Leader)
- Mrs Farmer (Teacher of Art)
- Mrs V Macgregor-Dignan (Art Technician)
How can you get the most out of the courses?
Pupils should possess a genuine interest in the subject and be self motivated and willing to experiment with materials and techniques. The courses offered provide an exciting opportunity to further develop creative ability. Our students will continue to develop your understanding of aesthetics, form, composition, materials and the need to be able to solve problems creatively as their time in Art progresses.
How will you benefit from the course?
The skills learnt through the courses offered will equip our students for future creative careers such as artist, architect, product designer, graphic designer, fashion designer, photographer or stage set designer to name but a few, but they also provide a sound background for other less obvious careers where the ability to think differently and creatively gives an individual the edge on the competition. Self-expression is actively encouraged through the artwork, the written word and discussion. These are valuable tools for all aspects of future life. The Art Department is committed to providing diverse, innovative courses which will provide a rewarding and exciting element to your education.
How can parents help?
Parents/carers can support their child through providing them with ample space in which to work on their art free from distraction.
They can also support them by accompanying them in attending cultural experiences to enhance their understanding of art and the context in which it has been made.
We hope that our parents will take an active interest in their child’s developing projects and will encourage them to discuss the work as it progresses and question the decisions our students have made regarding their art. This will encourage them to develop their ability to annotate and reflect upon their emerging work and thought processes.
Please also encourage your daughter to introduce you to their course handbooks at Key Stages Four and Five to gain further understanding of the qualifications they are studying.
There are many possible education and career progression pathways within the field of Art and Design. Here are just a few examples:
|Fine art practitioner, painting, print making and sculpture|
|Textile design||Jewellery and other metal work|
|Product design||Art and artefact restoration|
|Art historian||Gallery and museum curatorship|
|Teaching and lecturing||Graphic design|
Opportunities out of lessons
Pupils should be encouraged to gain an understanding of both practicing and historical artists and art movements through visits to galleries and other such cultural experiences where possible. This supports our girls to gain an understanding of the context in which art has been produced and gain inspiration to inform their own outcomes. Please see our exhibition flyer
Pupils are also encouraged to attend out extra-curricular clubs to develop their understanding of techniques and processes and to refine their classwork and home learning.
Presently these are:
- Wellbeing Journaling Club
- Coursework Refinement Club
- Recycled Mural Art