“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” – Thomas Merton
An appreciation of Art and Design enriches the quality of our experiences, providing rewarding activities that inspire, inform, stimulate, challenge and build a love in the subject and confidence in one’s own abilities.
Arts activities help develop the capacity to formulate and communicate ideas and feelings; they enhance perceptual skills through responding, developing and evaluating, and physical skills through control and use of materials. Involvement in the Arts helps to foster a positive attitude among students by developing a wide range of qualities such as cooperation, enthusiasm, respect and determination, as well as contributing to the well-being of the individual.
The Art and Design Curriculum has been designed to introduce and develop particular skills and give a range of experiences and opportunities, both in and out of the classroom, with projects run by outside agencies, competitions and school visits. The Curriculum includes the formal art elements/principles of design, art appreciation, visual awareness and is fundamental to intellectual growth and creative self-expression. Specialist tier 2 and 3 level vocabulary is explicitly taught and links are made with other subject areas through topic and investigation into Contextual Studies. Students are guided through examples of Local, National and Global Artists and Designers through Learning experiences that are created to enable them to recognise and pastiche styles and themes.
Students are encouraged to take risks with their art, experiment with new mediums and to think "outside the box" in new and creative ways. This type of thinking encourages students to relate visual knowledge to other core subjects and to respond with originality, appreciation, flexibility and imagination. The Arts also provide countless experiences for all students to take part in their own learning by getting them actively involved in the tools and materials that create their artistic visions.
Students are encouraged to develop both their intellectual capabilities, their practical techniques and the capacity to express their thoughts and feelings in a creative, expressive and individual way.
“You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.”