In art, craft and design, pupils explore visual, tactile and other sensory experiences to communicate ideas and meanings. They work with traditional and new media, developing confidence, competence, imagination and creativity. They learn to appreciate and value images and artefacts across times and cultures, and to understand the contexts in which they were made. In art, craft and design, pupils reflect critically on their own and other people’s work, judging quality, value and meaning. They learn to think and act as artists, craftspeople and designers, working creatively and intelligently. They develop an appreciation of art, craft and design, and its role in the creative and cultural industries that enrich their lives.
The aim of the Department, across all year groups, is to create a safe classroom environment that encourages students to take responsibility for their own learning and that enables them to develop their skills, knowledge and understanding. All teaching groups are organised as mixed ability classes.
A range of pupil centred strategies help to facilitate this:
- Group discussion/critiques of work
- Observation of teacher-led demonstrations
- Observation of art specific DVDs (note taking is encouraged during such activities)
- Use of ICT in classroom and for homework assignments where appropriate.
- Gallery/museum visits when link can be made with project.
- Recording in sketchbooks
- Sometime group projects are set where students work with other members of the form.
- Use of artefacts to inspire ideas and create primary drawing from.
- Practical work and contextual investigation.