Mrs. L. Aldred (Subject Leader)
Mrs. Y. Newton (Teacher)
In the Art, Craft and Design Department, the open plan studios provide plenty of space and light. A central shared area offers a subject specific library, a computer suite and a free-standing print press. Together with this there is also a kiln on-site.
‘The original three Rs; reading, reckoning and wroughting’ – Sir Christopher Frayling
We are committed to providing a meaningful and purposeful Art, Craft and Design curriculum that is diverse, promotes creativity and offers stimulating learning experiences whilst avoiding formulaic outcomes. Pupils are encouraged to positively participate in a wide variety of activities that establish a thorough grounding in the key principles and practices of the subject and they are able to explore a diverse range of media as they develop ideas and produce their personal work.
We value and seek to stimulate creative thinking and support learners to become competent, confident and increasingly independent over time, as they respond to what they see, think and feel. Pupils learn about the work of a broad range of artists, craftspeople and designers from different cultures and also the work of contemporary practitioners. They are encouraged to develop their critical thinking and evaluative skills as they learn to appreciate, understand and become informed about the visual world in which we all live.
We also offer a range of enrichment opportunities through such provision as extra-curricular art clubs and, on occasions to work with artists-in-residence, as well as visits to art galleries in the region. We also encourage drawing through the ‘Wonderous Work of Woodhey’ sketchbook, the ‘Keep Drawing’ awards and the Open Art competition.