Art and Design

Through Art and Design they (children) learn how to make informed judgements and aesthetic and practical decisions, becoming actively involved in shaping environments. (Taken from the National Curriculum for Art and Design)

Principles of teaching and Learning Art

Art is a needed knowledge; it is one of the oldest methods of communication known to Mankind. It is a tool of expression in many ways, practical, theoretical and for reflection. It employs learned skills and can be adapted to other learning skills. It is the basis of all that is built, made and used.

Art and Design at the Mount school is taught by a specialist tutor to the upper school forms III, IV, V and VI. Each form has an hour lesson every week in a classroom specifically intended for Art and Design pursuits.

Art and Design lessons at The Mount School aim to teach pupils how to use art and design to:

  • Express their thoughts and feelings through various media.
  • Be aware of the various materials available to produce work.
  • Be able to demonstrate the use and applications of different media and materials.
  • Learn the use of design as part of our daily lives.
  • To look upon Art and/or Design as an occupational future route.
  • Study different cultures and religions through their individual art styles and usage.
  • Help pupils use art as a means of communication.
  • Build a confidence in using a skill with little limitations.
  • Build confidence in planning a project to create an outcome.
  • Bring about an awareness of health and safety issues in the classroom.
  • Study a selection of past and contemporary artists and their work.
  • Have a basic knowledge of Art History and Art Movements.
  • Enjoy!

Art and Design is delivered through various themed projects employing different techniques and applications to produce works using: Drawing, Painting. Sculpture, 3D Design, Printing, Surface Pattern, Technical Drawing, and various craft creations. Where possible, projects are centred on past and existing artists and art movements.

The pupils will work individually, in groups or pairs as the project in hand demands. This will allow pupils to work using their own skills and knowledge as well as sharing skills and knowledge.

Promoting and Self Evaluation

Pupil’s work is displayed in the main hallway, upper school landing wall display and every wall and surface in the Art and Design room. The displays are changed frequently and the art room invites all pupils and parents to view the work in non-teaching hours. Work will also be displayed here on The Mount School web site under the Art and Design Section.

Pupils are expected to keep an art diary for their own use and to support work within the art lesson. It will be kept in school throughout the week and taken home for home study and Exam research. Pupils can use the book to develop their own thoughts and ideas. Key notes and ideas from the lessons will also be entered into their art diary. Pupils are encouraged to give positive opinions and express their views in class on their own work and that of others. Pupils are also encouraged to complete a self-evaluation sheet at the end of each project.

Strategies for Assessment.

Pupils’ work in the art lesson Art and Design class is continuously assessed. Pupils will be praised on finished pieces of work and on their contribution to the lesson and their enthusiasm for the work in progress. Pupils’ ability to answer questions relating to a topic will be acknowledged by the teacher. Group discussions and individual discussions with pupils will aid the teacher in assessing levels of ability and competence. Pupils can be awarded house points for good work, oral contribution in class discussions and for demonstrating an interest outside of the school setting, visiting galleries and museums for example and bringing into school something to show from their visits.

Recording and Reporting.

Pupils will take a Continued Assessment Art Exam during the second term. The exam is split into two sections; Home research and a final piece of art work. During the exam pupils will take home their Art Diaries to enter their own research studies on a given subject or artist. Their recorded findings will support the art work carried out in class.

Pupils’ attainment and progress is recorded on the bi annual reports to parents. Art diaries will be read frequently by the teacher and will support the teacher in writing the bi annual reports.

Other curriculum areas are used in Art and Design:

Literacy is used in Art and Design by:

The extension of vocabulary by introducing, titles of art and objects, names of tools, terms and applications and by the development of an Art diary which will provide opportunities for a variety of writing tasks – narrative, informative, descriptive, instructional, explanatory.

Reference skills will be developed using the Internet to search for references and via recommended library research.

Numeracy is used in Art and Design by:

Using repeated patterns, symmetry and surface patterns. Technical drawing, scaling up and downsizing. 3D work will additionally require the use of measurement and calculation.

Science is used in Art and Design by:

Printing and colour mixing, the use of dyes and investigation of their resistance, different media chemicals and their effect, e.g. marbling, masking fluid and salt on watercolour, melted wax resist.

Investigating the History, Politics and cultures represented in Art and how these moulded and affected the work of artists and designers living at particular periods of time and within particular cultures.

 

Homework:

Pupil’s art diaries are also used for any home work needed to support a project. Home work can also mean collecting objects to bring to lessons for discussion.

Extra-Curricular

Design Club

The Design Club runs during the lunch break on Wednesdays for 30 sessions over the academic year. The club runs on a work shop basis where children are encouraged to experiment with ideas and eventually create their designs into a three dimensional model.

Children will be introduced to the terms and phrases associated with designing products. They will be working from their own drawings and plans to create their finished works. The finished works will be displayed in the art room for you to view and on this web site.

The Design Club runs two or three set projects. The projects are set to allow the children to adjust to a new way of creative thinking as design does have some boundaries and specific requirements that can restrict some more challenging ideas.  

Children are expected to bring to the Design Club their own materials to create their work with. Although the club does provide the basic needs such as glue, card and mod roc for model making.