Art at Spa School
Aim & Purpose
Art at Spa allows pupils to develop their creative skills whilst gaining understanding of the wider world through a series of exciting themed projects. Art lessons at Spa give pupils an opportunity to express themselves, develop their imagination, acquire new skills, make independent choices and create beautiful art works which they are proud to display.
Pupils learn and achieve at every level and it is wonderful to see pride and happiness as pupils create and share their work.
Art at Spa is a fantastic opportunity to encourage pupils’ communication and language skills by exploring the work of other artists and cultures and regular group critique of their own creative outcomes.
How we do it
Art is taught weekly to pupils across all key stages. We use a thematic approach every half term – pupils explore a given topic through a range of exciting art medium. Lessons are tailored to pupils’ individual needs and abilities with great care being taken to ensure lessons are engaging, build on existing skills and introduce new techniques. Pupils are supported to develop their abilities to make independent decisions and take measured risks within their art work in a safe and nurturing environment.
Curriculum content examples
In Key Stage 3, pupils cover the formal elements: line, tone, shape, colour, texture, pattern and form. Recently pupils have been learning about colour and pattern by exploring Ghanaian Batik prints and Adinkra fabric as part of our work celebrating Black History Month. The beginning of each topic for Key Stage 3 pupils includes specific teaching about how to be safe and respectful in the art room, promoting independence and social skills.
In Key Stage 4, pupils move on to explore different art movements and study creative techniques in more depth. In a recent topic pupils explored the theme of identity by painting self-portraits inspired by the theme “My world.” Pupils work from the topic was exhibited in the school library and entered into a national art competition. We were delighted to have a pupil winning the first prize for his category in this competition for his painting. In Key Stage 4, pupils begin to go on trips visiting galleries and art workshops where they further develop their creative skills and interests.
In Key Stage 5, pupils combine these two areas to make more self-directed creative outcomes which prepare them for the future. Pupils can choose Options Courses in creative disciplines to achieve Entry level accreditations. These can include photography, ceramics, textiles and fine art with pupils having the opportunity to plan and carry out their own projects with support from staff to create a high-quality final outcome.
Pupils in 5C and 5D pupils learn to create artworks that can be exhibited both in the school and the local community or sold as enterprise products at school events.
All Key Stage 5 pupils make independent choices about the type of art work they would like to create and have the opportunity to develop specific areas of interest in their art lessons.