Welcome to the Art Department

​​Our ambition is for all of our students to be resilient, creative thinkers who can express their ideas, opinions and thoughts clearly, purposefully and with meaning. They will take opportunities to expand their skills, practising and developing their use of the formal elements and finding the value in artworks by a range of artists from different eras. Essentially, our students will harness the power of art both in practice and theory to enrich their lives. ​

Our core values, hard work and kindness, equip our students with the depth of character, resilience and independence required to tackle problems and pursue happy, successful and fulfilled lives.

As students of Art we work hard

We are keen artists, passionate about exploring the work of others to expand our knowledge and understanding of history, cultures and humanity. We are courageous and determined to communicate with fluency and confidence, whilst growing our resilience to setbacks. Every skill and technique we learn and use, in our own art, our analysis of artists’ work and of our own is a stepping stone on our journey to success.

As teachers of Art we work hard

We cultivate safe learning environments where we fuel students’ curiosity about the best of what has been painted, made and said within the art world. We scaffold learning in ways that help students to develop their skills of drawing, achieving a good use of the formal elements (tone, line, form, texture, pattern and colour), of analysis and interpretation of artworks, of speech and communication when discussing work as well as self critique. We then support them to strengthen and sharpen their own ideas and challenge them to never give up, to build on their own practice, to achieve independence in their own thoughts and ideas.

As students of Art we are kind

We are growing up together. We explore together, discuss ideas together, and value each other’s opinions and interpretations. We are empathetic and respectful young people who appreciate the diversity of art and artwork across time, cultures and within our own community.

As teachers of Art we are kind

We are role models for our students by showing examples of our practice, and by sharing our passion for art and the work of artists. We enjoy the privilege of sharing their journeys across the years, seeing their progress, helping them to develop and strengthen their creativity, power and identity through their art.

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