Art and creative learning can have a positive impact on young people helping to raise self- esteem and confidence. Through Art education we aim to provide an environment in which pupils can develop the ability to express themselves artistically. Learning new skills will enhance and contribute to their creative thinking. Through creative expression they will develop problem solving skills and resilience.
Students are introduced to a variety of new skills and a range of different media in which to complete their art work. Students study the work of different artists and are given opportunities to learn new techniques. At KS4 students have the opportunity to take art as an option and follow the full GCSE course. Visits to galleries such as Southampton City art gallery and places of inspiration such as Art in the garden at Hilliers Arboretum are organised throughout the year.
Local artists are invited in to work with the student’s, these include working with screen printing artists, ceramic artists, encaustic art artists and working with a local sixth form college to take part in photography workshops. Students have the opportunity through the course to develop and explore their personal interests in art and design. They are encouraged to communicate their own ideas through a variety of learning experiences. The GCSE qualification consists of a portfolio of course work plus an externally set task which culminates in a 10 hour exam usually run over two days. We work closely with Hampshire Cultural trust and took part in the Horizon 20:20 project 2014 -2015.
Students also have the opportunity to gain an Arts Award qualification at Bronze level. This can be achieved either through after school Art Club or during art option lessons. This is a nationally recognised qualification. Students are given the opportunity to learn a new art skill, teach another person the new skill they have learned, find out about their arts inspiration, this could be a famous painter, designer or musician. The final section is to be part of an audience, for example attend a music concert or an art exhibition.
Students who have an interest in music can complete their arts award at Bronze level by working with SoCo (Southampton Community) music project. There is the opportunity to create original music using IPADs, working with RAP artists, as well as the chance to take part in learning instruments such as bass guitar. Opportunities for drama are provided through Winchester University and for dance are provided through Wessex Dance academy.