Through specialist teaching pupils are encouraged to explore a wide range of approaches to making art and being creative.

Their work, through use of patterns and colour, illustrates the depth of their knowledge and freedom to enjoy art as a development tool.

Pupils’ art works are displayed throughout the school, and serves to enhance visual literacy and development.

Essential characteristics of an artist:

  • The ability to use visual language skilfully and convincingly (for example, line, shape, pattern, colour, texture, form) to express emotions, interpret observations, convey insights and accentuate their individuality.
  • The ability to communicate fluently in visual and tactile form.
  • The ability to draw confidently and adventurously from observation, memory and imagination.
  • The ability to explore and invent marks, develop and deconstruct ideas and communicate perceptively and powerfully through purposeful drawing in 2D, 3D or digital media.
  • An impressive knowledge and understanding of other artists, craftmakers and designers.
  • The ability to think and act like creative practitioners by using their knowledge and understanding to inform, inspire and interpret ideas, observations and feelings.
  • Independence, initiative and originality which they can use to develop their creativity.
  • The ability to select and use materials, processes and techniques skilfully and inventively to realise intentions and capitalise on the unexpected.
  • The ability to reflect on, analyse and critically evaluate their own work and that of others.
  • A passion for and a commitment to the subject.

There are three threshold concepts in Art.

These are:

  • Develop ideas: This concept involves understanding how ideas develop through an artistic process.
  • Master techniques: This concept involves developing a skill set so that ideas may be communicated
  • Take inspiration from the greats: This concept involves learning from both artistic process and techniques of great artists and artisans throughout history.