Art and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. A high-quality art and design education should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own work. As students progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They should know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.
Learning about art helps students from all backgrounds to make sense of the world around them. It engenders mutual respect and tolerance through exposure to different artists, cultures and ideas. This knowledge supports students in developing their visual literacy and confidence and enables the production of personal and informed research leading to well developed and refined practical outcomes. When techniques and themes are taught, they are linked to the work of notable artists and relevant cultures, allowing students to be influenced by and become appreciative of their work and practises.
Visits to galleries, museums and other places of interest serve to broaden students’ experience, allowing them to engage first-hand with artwork while extending understanding and individual appreciation. Art lessons promote independent thinking, helping students as they move through the art programme to become self-directed and motivated learners able to develop, refine and express their ideas creatively and with confidence.