Art Department 3 I's

Intent: To inspire personal expression

Implementation: To provide cultural understanding

Impact: To elicit the creation of imaginative response

The Art Department at Southborough School is dynamic and highly successful. We aim to encourage and inspire the pupils through a wide variety of activities and to develop their creativity, independence and aspirations.

The pupils are encouraged to develop an awareness of art, craft and design within a critical, historical and social context and to experience work from a wide variety of cultures from around the world.

Key stage 3 art, craft and design sets the foundation for further work in the senior years. Each student will experience many different approaches to making art using a wide range of materials, techniques and processes. As well as exploring  drawing and painting techniques, we offer the opportunity to utilise new media (such as Photoshop animation), printmaking, clay and ceramic,  to 3D sculpture using, clay, wire, mod roc,  papier mache, construction with card and recycled materials. 

We aim to encourage students to make a personal response to each theme, referencing the work of other artists and designers. We focus on developing a high level of practical skills alongside generic skills such as independent learning, problem solving and discursive reflection – all essential skills that are necessary to prepare students for future study and employment in many careers.

At GCSE we offer the Art & design course which enables students to follow a broad programme of art and encourages students to explore their own ideas through a wide variety of materials, techniques and processes. Students will also participate in visits to galleries and museums as part of their course.

At KS5 we offer the Art & Design A-level so that students work within a broad art practice of painting and drawing, sculpture, installation and printmaking just to name a few of the areas. The students work in depth within a brief and explore their ideas to produce individual and creative work in response to a range of starting points and artists.

Southborough also offers the BTEC level 3 Art & Design course as an Extended Certificate and Diploma. This course is for those students who wish to continue with art and design within higher education. Most students decide to go to undertake an Art Foundation or go straight to an arts based degree such as Fine Art, Illustration or Architecture with 100% of our students being accepted to art2.jpgtheir chosen course.

Pupils at Southborough have the opportunity to work with professional artists and designers. We had two workshops last year; one for the gifted and able students and one for the applied GCSE students, both were very successful with students producing fantastic design work with a designer.

Southborough was also involved in producing a mosaic for the Tolworth underpass, working in partnership with Save the World Club. One of Southborough's boys won the competition for his design to be used for the mosaic.

The Art Department is a calm, secure, positive and creative productive area with students free to explore and realise their creative interests.

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