The Department’s aim is to enable pupils to develop to their full potential through engaging in Art, Design and Craft activities in a visually exciting working environment. An environment which fosters creative enquiry and stimulates visual awareness.
Pupils have the opportunity to record responses to direct experience, memory and imagination of natural/man made worlds. We encourage pupils’ independent study, investigation, research and personal initiative. Sketchbook use is important to support pupil’s ongoing work.
We also provide opportunities for first-hand experience of original work through visits to museums and galleries as well as visiting artists who work with the pupils sharing their own practice.
During the summer term we hold an annual Arts Week’. Timetabled lessons are abandoned for one week and pupils take part in Music, Art, Drama and Dance workshops. External artists are invited into the school to hold workshops as well as several Senior Schools hosting art workshops for our pupils.
Years 2 – 8 are taught by specialist art teachers and predominately work to termly ‘theme-based projects’. Each project is explored using a variety of ideas and media. These themes may change from year to year in order to have a fresh and stimulating approach to learning. Pupils have access to drawing, painting, ceramics, wood-work, printmaking, batik, sculpture and textiles.