Curriculum Statement - Art

Powerful Knowledge in Art

Art, Craft and Design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. The curriculum provides opportunities

  • To understand the unique qualities of different materials and processes and be able to exploit these within practical work.
  • To engage with the contemporary in art – in doing so, seeing beyond the analytical and realistic, and considering /exploring the conceptual.
  • To question visual language and support opinions with credible examples
  • To understand the main Art theories
  • To make connections between art movements and historical/cultural events.
  • explore key Art pieces and develop skills in analysing and expressing opinions using artistic terminology and vocabulary
  • To be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of the art world
  • To understand how Art and Design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation

We value creativity and original thought and believe this is achieved through acquiring such powerful knowledge.


Curriculum Features

  • Developing the use of visual language by seeing, understanding, questioning and practising.
  • To develop confidence in oracy and rhetoric, while forming opinions and an understanding of Art and Design throughout history and today.
  • The Art curriculum is critical and contextual at its core. Artists, craftspeople and designers are used to underpin practical tasks to support, develop and allow students to question.
  • To investigate ideas through visual language.
  • To explore techniques, materials and ideas.
  • To develop the ability to draw.
  • To develop mastery of media, skill and knowledge.
  • To encourage open minded, creative, critical and reflective thinkers.


Co Curriculum Enrichment

It is important that students engage in the Arts. The format of lessons and variety of enrichment on offer through our electives programme reflects this. Electives are offered throughout the year and offer students opportunities beyond the classroom.

Art links with History, English literature, MFL, Geography, Design Technology, Beliefs and Values and Science underpin many of the curriculum projects. Cultural links define many projects and literature is often a key feature.

There will be opportunities to enter school based and national competitions such as Doodle for Google, Great Britain’s Best Young Artist, The Nancy Rothwell Award.

Within the curriculum and through extra-curricular activities we encourage students to consider potential career paths and provide opportunities to attend lectures by people working in the Creative Industries.