• Art


Art is a universal language

Art is not just about learning to draw and paint, although these skills are important. You can and should learn to read and appreciate the art which is all around - architecture, in advertising, the media, fashion, ceramics, photography theatre, performance, graphics, animation, web design and film. In the 21st century we are assailed by visual media and language. To understand art is to understand history, humanities’ desires, hopes, fears and aspirations.

Art can be enjoyed and it can educate- before people could read words they made images- it allows us to explore and become more informed  about the world in which we live and our part in it.  We can make art for pleasure or in an attempt to describe the world around us and communicate the way we feel about that world.

One of the first signs of a civilised society is its ability to make and tolerate those who create and innovate through art and art objects. Where there is art there is humanity. Where there is art there is hope.

Our Approach

We value all art and when someone is in art they are an artist and a thinker. We want students to experience art not just from the western traditions but from all over the world South East Asia, Africa Australasia and the Americas to Street art. We want students to become conversant with the way all artworks are made of the visual elements of line, colour, pattern, texture, tone, shape and form. We want to equip students  with the ability to think and question critically about art and artworks they will experience.

Key Stage 3

Year 7

Students have one hour of Art per week

Students are introduced to the key elements of art, including line, mark-making, texture, tone, colour and perspective. The aim is to ensure students develop confidence in implementing the more technical/academic into their work, which should help them to develop strong skills throughout. Themes include The Visual Elements, Self Portrait and Japanese Art.

Year 8

Students have one hour of Art per week

This year continues with the further development of basic visual and tactile elements into more conceptual elements of Art & Design such as form and space. Students also build on skills learned in Year 7 by developing building skills and working in the 3-dimensional form. They also experiment with a wider range of materials, both 2-D and 3-D, and research artists and art movements. Themes include African arts and its influence on the West, Indian Miniatures – Mughal portraits of power and The built environment.

Year 9

Students have one hour of Art per week

This year aims to see students continuing to increase their knowledge and understanding of different materials and techniques, such as print-making. Students also develop an awareness of contextual and contemporary art which makes reference to their location, including and embracing art from different cultures. Themes include Street Art, I am plastic and Persona.

Key Stage 4

Students are able to choose from the following Art GCSEs: Art and Design, Applied Fine Art, Graphic Communication, Textile Design, Three-Dimensional Design, Photography: lens-based and light based media. Based on a foundation of drawing and visual communication, students are given a broad range of opportunities in ceramics, textiles, printmaking, digital photography, painting and drawing.  Students develop their observational and drawing skills alongside exploring original ideas using the wide range of media available.

We start on the principle that everyone can make art and they can make art work for them. Whilst painting and drawing are good skills to learn they should not become a barrier to self expression. People need to find a way of making artwork that suits them. The more someone practices anything the better they will become at it.

Most of all we want people to enjoy it!

Click here for the Curriculum Overview for Art.

For further information please contact Mr Purday.