It is our intent to provide an exceptional experience that engages, empowers, and encourages all students to reach their highest potential as creative independent adults.
The importance of Art
Imagination and Creativity. Children can take their experiences of the world and transform them through art, making new connections and relationships through their inventive minds.
Expression. Making pictures allows children to express their feelings and ideas, both as a means of self-expression and to communicate to others.. Older children may use pictures for more conceptual purposes, expressing their concerns and ideas.
Visual thinking. Pictures encourage us to think about and understand the world visually, instead of restricting learning and the acquisition of knowledge to words and numbers alone. Visual thinking helps children learn other subjects. It is a skill used in a wide variety of professions, including the sciences.
Observational skills. Making pictures helps children to become observers of detail in the world around them. Developing observational skills through picture-making facilitates the child’s visual sensitivity.
Problem solving and analytical skills. Pictures enable children to explore and test out ideas, while making decisions on how they choose to depict them. For instance, children will learn problem-solving skills as they grapple with trying to create a three-dimensional scene from the world on a two-dimensional page. With practice, children learn that concentration and persistence allow them to get closer to the pictures they are trying to achieve.
Autonomy. A child’s picture is his or her own. It has worth in its own right, without having to be measured or judged by others as right or wrong. The child has the authority to say what the picture is of, or what it communicates, building up their confidence and self-esteem.
Students who opt to study art at key stage 4 will complete the AQA GCSE Art and Design course.