Our aim in the Art & Design department at Great Sankey High School is;
To create an environment in which every child can feel confident and succeed, to encourage individual creativity and to nurture a passion for the subject.
“It is the responsibility of Art teachers to enrich the lives of all students by helping them investigate the world and its Art, as well as empowering them to express themselves visually.”
The National Curriculum celebrates the role that art, craft and design plays in developing individual creativity. A high-quality art and design education should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them 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.
Our students –
* produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences
* become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques
* evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design
* know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.
During KS3 pupils are taught in mixed ability groups and are introduced to a wide range of media and techniques covering drawing, painting and a variety of craft areas, which may include printmaking, clay, batik, textiles and 3D/sculpture.
They will also be introduced to work from a wide range of artistic movements and specialist areas and will research and study the work of artists, craft makers and designers.
In year 7 pupils will have a baseline assessment project at the start of the year and class work will focus on the theme of Britishness and identity while developing drawing skills. Work produced during year 8 will have a multicultural focus and in year 9 pupils will continue to develop their work using a variety of materials, techniques and processes using GCSE themes as starting points. In year 9 pupils will also research careers related to Art & Design and look at contemporary artists that work within the creative industries.
During years 10 and 11 groups continue to be mixed ability and pupils can study Art and/or Textiles to GCSE level and then progress to A levels in Art, craft and design and/or Textiles when they are in 6thform. Many students then progress to an Art foundation course or Art & Design based degree courses.
“There is ample evidence that the Arts help students to develop the attitudes, characteristics and intellectual skills required to participate effectively in today’s society and economy. The Arts also teach self-discipline, reinforce self-esteem and foster thinking skills and creativity. They teach the importance of team work and co-operation. They demonstrate the direct connection between study, hard work and high levels of achievement. “
We are extremely proud of the achievements and results that our students achieve within the Art & Design department.