Art is taught by a full-time specialist Art Coordinator in a purpose built art studio with facilities for 2D and 3D work. All pupils have 1 art lesson a week.
Art is planned around six main project themes:
- Different Cultures/Different Times.
Within these themes pupils experience a wide range of art mediums and creative briefs. They are encouraged to build skills and knowledge, relating to imagination, experimentation, art techniques, research, team working, use of ICT and reflection. They explore and make art, whilst also learning to understand and evaluate. Pupils have the opportunity to work in 2D and 3D mediums as they progress through the school. Participation is encouraged and supported in local and national art competitions.
Projects carried out under these six themes have been very diverse.
Environment: Briefs have explored French Impressionist landscapes, Weather through Art, Nature Printmaking and Mysterious Doorways.
People: Briefs have looked at Portraiture, Egyptian Profiles, Grotesques and African Masks.
Objects: Briefs have included Still life, Enlarging Objects, Food Faces and Materials Cubes.
Different Cultures/Different Times: Briefs have looked at Aboriginal Art, Canopic Jars, Street Art and Robots.
Imagination: Briefs explore Book Cover Design, Creatures, Visual Alphabets and Metamorphosis.
Movement: Briefs are about Movement in Art with special reference to Sport and the Olympics.
This fantastic mural was created to commemorate the Olympics and the Queens Diamond Jubilee.
Year 8 pupils worked in the art room designing a tile based on the Olympics. They then worked with visiting Designer Craftsman Peter Moss to transform their pencil design into a carved tile. He then took the tiles away and glazed them with a variety of metallic lustres. He then assembled them into the amazing murals you see here.
The centre piece on one mural contains specially designed tiles by pupils from the school commemorating the Queens Diamond Jubilee.
The other centre piece contains the school and Olympic logo.
The School Association kindly helped sponsor this project.
The murals are proudly displayed in the entrance hallway of the school, providing a permanent memento of the Olympics, the Diamond Jubilee and the 2012 year 8 pupils.
Helping your child with their Art
It would be really helpful to encourage your child to look at the visual world around them. Art is around us in a huge variety of forms.
This could be done in many ways:
Family visits to galleries, exhibitions, libraries and museums.
Encourage the use of a sketch book and art and craft materials at home, on holidays or days out.
A walk in the outdoors; look at the colours, shapes, textures of the world around them. Encourage them to use a wide range of descriptive vocabulary.
Watching educational television programmes about art and artists.
Encourage your child to look at art related sites on the internet and to use art related software or games.
USEFUL ART RELATED WEBSITES FOR KIDS
Art Homework is set for several reasons:
- · To encourage the pupil to reflect on their studies.
- · To review their progress.
- · To think about how they could improve.
This follows the format of a self-reflection given at each half term.