Art and Design
A broad and challenging art curriculum has been developed at Grange Park intended to meet the needs of pupils through personalised pathways ensuring that all pupils have access to, and can engage with, a broad and varied curriculum. Pupils should be inspired and challenged to enable them to be equipped with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.
The national curriculum for art and design aims to ensure that all pupils:
• produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences
• become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design
• evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design
• learn about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.
• pupils should be taught to develop their creativity and ideas, and increase proficiency in
• they should develop a critical understanding of artists, architects and designers,
expressing reasoned judgements that can inform their own work.
High quality teaching will deliver creative and engaging lessons where pupils are taught to
• use a range of techniques to record their observations in sketchbooks, journals and other media as a basis for exploring their ideas
• use a range of techniques and media, including painting to increase their proficiency in the handling of different materials
• to analyse and evaluate their own work, and that of others, in order to strengthen the visual impact or applications of their work
• learn about the history of art, craft, design and architecture, including periods, styles and major movements from ancient times up to the present day
Pupils should develop their creative and reflective thinking. They should be able to respond to and criticise works of art, be knowledgeable about different artists and art movements, and be confident in their critical understanding of the arts. They should make progress to develop skills to enable them to produce good quality artwork and explore and use a range of media. Pupils should become more independent and achieve good results due to high expectations of all staff, enabling them to go onto further education with high quality grades.
All projects enable pupils to experience and access art in some form. All aspects of the art curriculum are covered appropriately to the project being studied. Some aspects and artist studies may overlap, depending upon the project and where the theme directs form. The art curriculum at Grange Park includes drawing, painting, printing, 3D model making, sculpture, photography, digital art and textiles, art history and ancient art.
For further information on our Art curriculum, please contact Mrs Elizabeth Hayter.