Fine Art & Photography

Intent

Visual Arts:

Art is all around us; from the moment you open your eyes in the morning until you close them again when going to bed, you can’t escape it. A fashion designer will have designed your pyjamas and an architect your home. The packaging of your cereal has been designed by a graphic designer to make it contents easily recognisable and appealing to you! A product designer designed your bed, your stool, your table, and fruit juicer.

The world simply could not function without art and design because both bring practical and aesthetic creations to enhance our lives.

Art is a mindful, tactile and mind-expanding subject that is excellent for our students; it supports learning of all subjects, as well the exploration and understanding of life issues, making us better citizens within our communities and globally, better human beings. By working with different art materials and exploring different designs and designers, our students develop their motor skills which helps support their sensory needs, allowing them an avenue of expression and joy that only art can provide.

This expression and joy leads to individual independence, and this independence is one of the key elements our students learn due to their usage of new and exciting materials and resources. The up keeping, maintenance and growth of skills learned in art becomes a lifelong journey that all artists and designers take. Following instructions and recipes, experimenting, and taking risks with outcomes, all see our students grow through life lessons in art. Art is also an excellent outlet and form of communication, should our students wish to express themselves visually, for both verbal and especially your non-verbal students.

Our schemes of work provide a rich source of balanced activities, which embrace the National Curriculum objectives, allowing our children to build on an already wide range of techniques and ideas, leading to a successful transition throughout the school and beyond.

Performing Arts:

In Performing Arts, students are learning primarily to express their emotions, thoughts and feelings through the artistic possibilities that Dance, Drama and Music allow. Music is time filled with organised, harmonious sounds that communicate as an international, borderless language.

Dance is a physical form of expression that communicates via the body of the performer, where Drama utilises word, facial expression and body language to show the viewer complex and various life scenarios, from which students can learn, experience and empathise- all important life tools that will accompany them throughout their lives.

Variety of forms of expressions that Performing Arts Subjects bring allows every child to find the most suitable and comfortable way to show who they are, to learn from others and discover and develop their own identity. Playing, acting, moving helps our students keep developing gross and fine motor skills, spatial awareness, and coordination.

Skills that they will acquire through fun, engaging and inspiring art activities will help them in their future life to build confidence that will help them to face challenges that life brings. Therapeutic qualities of art forms support our students’ well-being and mental health and equips them with tools to help and regulate their emotions, and better deal with real life challenges.

Implementation

Key skills are the essential knowledge that our curriculum is based on. The understanding of the elements of art are the building blocks of an artwork; Colour, line, shape, form, value, texture, and space, are the tools visual artists use when creating a work. These elements are repeated and continual throughout learning phases and pathways.

In line with the national curriculum, we aim to ensure all our learners produce personal and creative work that explores their ideas and experiences. Our students are to build upon their drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft, and design techniques/skills. Learning key words that are used within the art industries as well as evaluating and analysing their work and that of others, are key skills that are continual and appropriately scaffolded into learning phases and pathways. Artists, craft makers and designers, contemporary and historical as well as cultural, and social learning are all introduced and scaffolded throughout the curriculum.

Impact

  • The impact of our Arts curriculum both Visual and Preforming, can be seen not only in topic books but also through classroom displays and the school environment.
  • Everything we do is with the child in mind, and strong relationships are built between pupils and staff which create an atmosphere for learning which is conducive to success.
  • We measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:
  • Images and/or videos of the children’s practical learning
  • Summative assessment of pupil discussions about their learning
  • Formative reporting of standards across the curriculum
  • Interviewing/questioning pupils about their learning (Student Voice)

Student’s books are scrutinised and there is the opportunity for a dialogue between teachers to understand their classes work.

Accreditations

Art and Design Upper school options and Sixth form Arts Pathway Entry Level Certificate Level 1-3 GCSE, AS Level and A level certificates in Craft and Design

Photography Upper school options and Sixth form Arts

Pathway Entry Level Certificate GCSE, AS Level and A level certificates in Art & Design – Photography

Dance (Upper school options only) Bronze Arts Award – Dance

Drama (Upper school options only) Bronze Arts Award – Theatre

Click here for the Curriculum Plan

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