Art and Design
Statement of Intent
At Gregory’s School our Art & Design curriculum provides endless opportunities to record, design and create. Each project builds on prior knowledge and practical skills culminating in a visual language and an understanding of the formal elements. Students explore a range of processes including drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, ceramics and sculpture within a meaningful programme.
Our students thrive on one-to-one guidance and personalised challenge that underpins our everyday teaching. Students routinely follow the design process, developing independent thinking through a sequence of experimental work towards an ambitious outcome. Inspired by the work of historical and contemporary artists, encompassing diverse cultural influences, and first hand gallery experiences, our students critically analyse and express their own opinions with confidence.
By Year 10, St Gregory’s students are reflective, open minded and curious individuals who persevere with work that is challenging within a positive environment. Our students are visually aware and well prepared for the growing Creative industries.
Throughout Years 7, 8 and 9, students work on two projects each year. The organisation of themes explored and the key set of objectives for each project gradually expand our student’s knowledge of the formal elements and their practical skills in building a visual language. The projects are informed by a wide variety of historical and contemporary artists. All projects follow the GCSE format and build on previous experience of each of the skill areas. This includes: recording observations, critical analysis of Artwork, developing ideas, critical review and refinement and the presentation of a personal response. Students develop their understanding of the formal elements of Art through the exploration of themes such as still life, portraiture and landscape. The emphasis on drawing from observation as a starting point and developing ideas using a wide range of processes and media provides a solid foundation within Fine Art in preparation for the GCSE course. Students document their developing ideas throughout their sketchbook and they are encouraged to take pride in this with careful presentation. Students develop an appreciation for the work of artists which is demonstrated by their influence on their own work and make connections through their studio practice.
All projects build from a foundation of drawing with a focus on the importance of working from observation. Photography is built into projects as a key method of recording. Students develop the skills to record their observations through annotation using a growing subject specific vocabulary.
Each project is informed by the study of appropriate artists. Class and group discussions provide the opportunity to unpick the meanings, purpose and visual qualities of an Artwork. Students build the skills to describe and analyse Artworks and relate them to their own work. Practical responses to artist’s work inform their own understanding which in turn influences the development of practical outcomes.
EXPLORE & DEVELOP IDEAS
Students experience project specific Fine Art techniques whilst building a set of work in which to explore and develop ideas. Through a series of related pieces, students review their success in order to refine their idea as their project progresses.
Students conclude their exploration of the theme from the given starting point through to a personally developed outcome.