“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up”. Pablo Picasso
The Art Room is an exciting venue, used for lessons and extra-curricular activities. It provides an ideal environment for exploration and learning within which pupils encounter opportunities to develop aesthetic, perceptual, technical and social skills, in particular the discussion of ideas and expression of opinion. The evaluation of their own and others’ work is encouraged.
Each project is set in social and historical context thereby introducing an element of Art History alongside the theoretical and practical aspects of the work. There is an emphasis upon learning the basic elements which form a firm foundation for the development of a range of creative skills. Drawing, painting, collage, ceramics, modelling and sculpting are all included in the programme of study. Movements studied include Impressionism, Fauvism, Surrealism, Cubism and Abstract Expressionism and a range of techniques are taught to encourage experimentation leading to the development of individual styles. The Internet is used for exploration, information and research and iPads are an intrinsic tool for presentations relating to the history of art movements and artists.
Pupils are encouraged to use the Art Room in their spare time for individual artistic pursuits, competitions, art-based activities, such as Textiles, and to further class projects. Potential art scholars have unlimited use of the facilities for the preparation of portfolios and set pieces. There are a number of in-school competitions, including photography.
Pupils’ work is exhibited internally throughout the school and externally when appropriate. The crème de la crème of artwork is displayed in a semi-permanent exhibition in the school dining room. One selected piece of artwork produced in school is auctioned annually to raise funds for the school’s chosen charity.
All pupils have the opportunity to exhibit in the school’s annual Art Exhibition held in the Summer Term.