Art And Design
“EVERY CHILD IS AN ARTIST, THE PROBLEM IS HOW TO REMAIN AN ARTIST ONCE THEY GROW UP”PABLO PICASSO (Spanish cubist painter, 1881-1973)
We firmly believe that every child is an artist, and we promote this ethos by giving our ladies the best possible tools to enable them to explore and create in a relaxed and stimulating environment.
Our bright and spacious art studio allows our girls the opportunity to use a wide variety of media and materials, and we are fortunate to have our own kiln. The girls have the opportunity to develop specialised skills such as ceramics, screen printing, lino printing and etching.
The Visual Arts curriculum is seen as a vital aspect of our girls’ development. Much of the practical work created is linked to other areas of the curriculum, enriching the pupil’s experience in art lessons while they gain a deeper understanding of history, religion, culture and science.
Teaching and Learning
In the art studio our girls learn to work both independently and collaboratively. We learn about the artwork of different artists and craftsman in art history and link this to our practical work. This allows children to further gain a higher understanding of how artists created work to express and represent the history of their time.
Importance of self- expression and risk-taking in a safe and supportive environment and exercising the imagination and creativity of each individual are at the heart of the lessons.
In teaching art, we recognise links with technology; promote language skills through use of a specific art and design vocabulary; forge links with other subjects; stress the importance of drawing as a means to broaden visual experience and develop visual literacy.
We often invite 'Artists in Residence' to establish workshops in the art studio. Visiting artists offer possibilities for creative work that extend beyond the normal range. The girls regularly visit galleries for inspiration. This further embeds the learning from their lessons in the art studio. Most recently we have visited the Tate Modern, National Art Gallery, Tate Britain and the Victoria and Albert Museum.
Every year our school community join together to celebrate the art work of our ladies at our annual Art Exhibition, this is representational of the large and important role that art plays in our school.
Miss K. Colquhoun
Head of Art and Design