The Art Department at Greatfields School encourages students to think deeply about the world around them and their place within it. We invite students to explore identity, wellbeing and socio-political issues in their art projects at KS4, KS4 and KS5. As a result, our curriculum is socially engaged and our vision is to enable students to express themselves and project their voice through the visual arts; using the formal elements such as colour, line, tone, shape, texture, shape and form to articulate their responses to the world. We introduce students to a diverse range of artists and practitioners that students identify with and relate to. Students develop ideas in response and their knowledge of artists inspires and influences their personal project ideas.

We empower students and treat them all as artists, as we believe everyone is born creative, and everyone is an artist. We encourage skills building across all disciplines; painting, drawing, design, textiles, sculpture, ceramics, photography, installation art, performance/conceptual art and printmaking. Students learn about the breadth of creative careers and the benefits of studying art. We endeavour to relate topics to the students’ everyday lives. Our Year 9 project motivates students to look at public art and respond by designing their own typographic and symbolic political statement that raises awareness about a chosen issue. The Year 8’s explore architecture and think critically about local buildings and the psychology of how interior and exterior spaces make us feel. The Year 7 projects encourage students to develop creative freedom through the exploration of many materials and processes such as collage, sculpture and experimental drawing. The GCSE and A-Level art students consider their own themes in response to words such as ‘Conflict in Portraiture’ and ‘Changes’, which enables students to think about issues that are personal and meaningful to them.

Students that study art with us will leave us knowing that art not only creates beauty, but it also provides a space for us to understand who we are, how we feel and what we want to say.

Please click on the link below to see our Programme of Study for Art & Design:

Art and Design Curriculum Plan

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