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Art Curriculum Statement


Through the delivery of Art and Design we want to challenge and stretch the pupils as artists, to create individual personalised projects. Art is a powerful tool that helps the pupils become aware of the world they live in, whilst nurturing cultural awareness and creativity. Here at Philip Southcote School, Art it is also a therapeutic subject that can support pupils, identify and address social, emotional and mental needs as well as further develop their fine motor skills.


Throughout Key Stage 3 pupils experiment and practise using lots of different techniques and materials. In particular, they develop their drawing skills and develop their own style, which will carry them through to Key Stage 4. Pupils create wonderful pieces of art that use their imagination whilst enabling them to acquire new skills along the way. From Key Stage 4 they can choose to study for a GCSE in Art and Design and further develop their art and design work.


The Art room is a great therapeutic space to work in, where pupils can use lots of different techniques and materials to create their ideas. Many of our pupils enjoy the sensory messiness of using mod-roc to create some stunning sculptures that they are rightly proud of. Using a canvas to create stunning acrylic paintings is also a favourite with our young people.


Our Key Stage 4 GCSE pupils present their work at our annual Art Exhibition.  Pupils gain the confidence to be proud of what they have created and are able to use art language to describe it and also talk about their knowledge of other artists in the world.


Art and Design will help pupils look at the world in a different way. They will go onto form opinions and an understanding of art and designs throughout history and in today’s society. But most of all they enjoy and have fun creating art, which is an exciting subject to study.

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