“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have” – Maya Angelou.
Art enables creativity and offers challenge; it helps us to appreciate and interpret what we observe, communicate what we think and feel, and develop imagination and inventiveness. As a department we aim to instil confidence and independence in our pupils to explore and develop their own ideas and creativity, enabling them to take ownership of their work and respond using the tools they will develop through a diverse curriculum.
Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity and we believe that art makes an important contribution to pupils’ overall education and is necessary for personal development. Our curriculum is designed to support pupils in appreciating the value of art and design in their own lives and in the wider world, helping them to understand the role that art and design plays in society, and how it can be used to express ideas, and make a difference.
Throughout their journey, pupils will develop their understanding of various techniques including drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking and other art, craft and design techniques to produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences. They will also develop critical thinking skills to evaluate, analyse, and give their opinion on creative works using the language of art, in order to know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical, contextual and cultural development of their art forms.Trips relevant to the discipline
To develop the creative possibilities within each student, we provide a stimulating and exciting environment and believe that our curriculum provides a sound platform of knowledge and skills for pupils who wish to further their studies to GCSE level in either Art and Design or Photography. We hope pupils will acquire an appreciation and affection for the Arts which will continue to enrich their lives well beyond their time at Sharples.