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 Enrichment

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.