The Art curriculum seeks to provide opportunities for all learners to understand and access the creative process, express themselves and work independently to create satisfying outcomes. During this process, learners will develop resilience through an understanding of the frustrations and inconsistencies that will arise while developing ideas and skills, but will be given the freedom to experiment and devise solutions to problems independently. Students will learn about the different properties and qualities of materials, finding out the possibilities and limitations of each resource.
Students will be exposed to a variety of inspirational sources and stimulus from the world around them. They will be inspired by the work of prominent artists, designers and craftspeople from various backgrounds and cultures, who have worked through key points of history, up to and including, current working artists. The Art curriculum offers an enriching experience, with a positive impact on personal well-being and relationships with peers; developing empathy and mutual respect. Students will leave Wade Deacon High School able to think creatively, express themselves, solve problems, self-reflect and develop independent ideas; skills necessary for their next steps in education, training or employment.
Our Curriculum Journey
At Wade Deacon we nurture creativity, emphasising the importance of sharing ideas and good practice. We encourage self-expression, independence and reflective thinking enabling our students to flourish as well rounded, autonomous practitioners. The visual arts are an ideal conduit to developing creative problem-solving skills, empathy and effective communication. ll students study Art and Design in Years 7, 8 and 9. In KS3, students receive 2 hours of Art and Design per fortnight. In KS4, students receive 5 hours of Art per fortnight. Art and Design is taught in mixed ability groups.
Our annual Art Exhibition would have been scheduled to take place this Wednesday. Sadly, the event cannot go ahead. However, our Art & Design Faculty have put together this wonderful virtual exhibition which we hope you enjoy. The exhibition showcases the fabulous work of our students from all year groups during this academic year and includes the period of remote learning. It is a testament to the talent of our students that it is impossible to tell which pieces have been completed in school and which have been completed at home. Enjoy!