Curriculum Statement - Art

‘Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.’ – Edgar Degas

Powerful Knowledge in Art

  • Understanding the unique qualities of different materials and processes and being able to exploit these within practical work.
  • To engage with the contemporary in art – in doing so, seeing beyond the analytical and realistic, and considering /exploring the conceptual.
  • How to question visual language and support opinions with credible examples
  • An understanding of the main Art theories
  • Make connections between art movements and historical/cultural events.
  • Explore key Art pieces and develop skills in analysing and expressing opinions using artistic terminology and vocabulary.


Curriculum Features

  • Developing the use of visual language by seeing, understanding, questioning and practising.
  • To develop confidence in oracy and rhetoric, while forming opinions and an understanding of Art and Design throughout history and in today’s society.
  • The Art curriculum is critical and contextual at its core. Artists, craftspeople and designers are used to underpin practical tasks to support, develop and allow students to question.
  • To investigate ideas through visual language
  • To explore techniques, materials and ideas
  • To develop the ability to draw.


Co-curriculum Features

Art links with History, English literature, MFL, Geography, Design Technology Beliefs and Values, underpin many of the curriculum projects. Cultural links define many projects and literature is often a key feature.