Art and Design.
Acting Subject Leader: Mrs M Milton
Vision / Intent:
To provide our pupils with an inspiring, exciting and rewarding art education, building an understanding and apprecation for art, craft and design (and their associated skills) as well as enriching pupil’s lives with a sense of wonder and creativity.
‘The Purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.’ Pablo Picasso
Approach / Philosophy / Implementation:
The department will offer an environment and working ethos where pupils will be able to:
- Develop creativity and imagination through visual, tactile and sensory experiences
- Explore, experiment and develop a positive growth mindset
- Produce expressive and creative responses that communicate their ideas, feelings and meaning
- Develop knowledge of a variety of approaches, techniques and materials will ultimately enhance their own practice
- Explore ideas and meanings in the work of artists, craftspeople, architects and designers
- Learn about the diverse roles and functions of art, craft and design and in the contemporary world and in different times and cultures
- Work in a calm, caring, stimulating and inspiring environment where individual needs of pupils are addressed
- Develop pride in their work and exhibit work regularly around the school
We hope our pupils leave Holywell with the sense that Art-making and appreciation is a source both of meaning and pleasure.
‘Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.’ Scott Adams
- Mrs M Milton Acting Subject Leader
- Miss S Warren Art Subject Leader – Maternity Leave
- Mrs A Jeavons Art Teacher
- Mrs N Manning Art/DT/Display Technician
Topic Overview 2020-21:
Key Skills Project – Observational Drawing and Painting
Main Focus: To learn about, to explore and learn how to use colour, texture, value, shape, line, form and space in painting and drawing.
Henri Matisse Project – Cut Outs – Painting and Collage
Main Focus: To create a cut out inspired by Matisse with an effective composition.
Our Ocean Project – Sculpture, Observational Drawing, Printmaking and Painting
Main Focus: To explore and develop skillset, sketching, painting and printing (shells and water) and design and make a fish sculpture from clay.
‘Art is the only way to run away without leaving home.’ Twyla Tharp
Natural Influences Project – Sculpture and Photography
Main Focus: To be inspired and influenced by nature and the work Andy Goldsworthy. To explore with material, process and form to create a final piece.
SATs Monsters Project – Illustration, Imaginative Drawing and Painting
Main Focus: To explore own thoughts and feelings about SATs. To be influenced by the illustrator David Litchfield. To express own emotion in an imaginative SATs Monster illustration.
Dreamtime Project – Sculpture and Painting
Main Focus: To create an Aboriginal inspired mixed media art work. To create a story using symbols. To mix and paint tertiary colours. To use slab pottery to create an aboriginal animal sculpture.
‘If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.’ Vincent Van Gogh
Gargoyle Sculptures – Gothic Adventure
Main Focus: To develop knowledge and understanding of gothic architecture and gargoyles. To design and create a gargoyle face sculpture from clay, focusing on exaggerated features and facial expression.
Arcimboldo Collage Painting and Celebrity Portraits – Grid Drawing Method
Main Focus: To explore and discover the work of Arcimboldo. To use imagination and creativity to create a collage of a face using random objects and recreate it using paint. To use grid drawing method and a viewfinder to create a pencil sketch of a celebrity face.
Cubist Self-Portraits – Mixed Media, Painting, Collage, Oil Pastels
Main Focus: To learn about Cubism (focus on Picasso); artists, features, analysis, critique and compare. To create a cubist style self-portrait expressing a mood or emotion(s).
‘A picture is worth a thousand words.’ Napoleon Bonaparte
Fashion Illustration – Watercolour and Pen Wash Techniques, Imaginative Drawing
Main Focus: Explore watercolour and pen techniques. To create figurative drawings to develop understanding of the human form. To create an imaginative fashion illustration inspired by research.
Antoni Gaudi Sculptures – Texture and Shape Focus
Main Focus: To explore and be inspired by the architecture of Gaudi. To explore creating textures in clay. To create a sculpture inspired by Gaudi from clay.
Black and White Project – Focus on Contrast. Influenced by Escher/Riley/Notans/Islamic Art. Optical Illusions, Pattern and Printing.
Main Focus: To explore the work of a range of techniques, artists and illustrators who use black and white and illusion in their work. To create a final lino print.
‘Creativity takes Courage’ Henri Matisse