The ethos of the Art department is that all pupils should have the opportunity to experience as many different media as possible and in particular, to find an area in which they can excel and enjoy.
The department is comprised of a large, bright room and a newly refurbished ceramics room which is used for all lessons from Year 3. This environment is a creative and stimulating place to work in both formal and informal situations.
The studio is well equipped with a wide range of paints and mark-making materials. There is also the equipment for basic print-making, silk painting, batik, sculpture and ceramics.
The department's aim is to develop a love of creating; to enjoy and learn from all aspects of the Art & Design process, from sketches to finished pieces and from all levels of ability. Children are encouraged to develop a visual awareness and vocabulary so that they can learn to 'see' rather than look at the world around them.
The children are made aware of the fundamental principles of art and they are given the opportunity to use and develop skills in a wide variety of media, so that they can communicate what they see, feel and think. Each child is introduced to a wide range of artists and cultures and they are encouraged to explore the ideas and meanings behind the work. Throughout, the children evaluate their own and others work, adapting and refining in the light of these evaluations.
The projects undertaken are structured so that pupils of varying abilities can achieve personal success, gain in confidence and enjoy the subject. The aim of Art and Design is to provide pupils with a creative and imaginative facility to express their ideas and feelings and to discover the satisfaction and pleasure that can be derived from the creative process.