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Art & Design Resources

Curriculum Intent

Imagination, innovation, creativity and expression are vital components of what it is to be human. Sir Thomas Wharton Academy seeks to nurture the creative potential that lies within all pupils. This is through delivering an inclusive, broad and balanced curriculum aimed at building students to become independent learners, problem solvers and develop creative ideas through Art and Design.

By the end of year 9, pupils should be able to think creatively and critically. They will investigate artists, such as William Morris, Pablo Picasso, and Andy Warhol and evaluate a wide range of creative outcomes, from the past and present to develop an understanding of the many disciplines in Art and Design and how they shape our history and future. They will have independently explored a variety of materials and techniques to create their own creative solutions.

From GCSE to A Level our curriculum is grounded in Fine Art, as it enables students to contribute and engage as confident future professionals and create work independently that reflects issues within different cultures and shows an emotional awareness of our society. They will gain inspiration from traditional and contemporary sources and look at the natural world, art works, poetry, music, dance and drama. They will develop on personal beliefs and values and produce work that reflects their identity helping them understand how artists respond to human issues and shared problems through Art.

Art and Design – Curriculum Principles

  •  To develop innovation and progress through creative ideas.
  • To build critical thinking skills including observation, reasoning and problem-solving.
  • To have a cultural awareness through exploring a variety of backgrounds.
  • To develop on communication skills through collaboration of art styles.
  • To build on confidence and explore individual talents by expressing their artwork.