The principal focus of art teaching at The Darley Centre is to engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art.
Our curriculum aims to close the gap between pupils at the Darley Centre and their mainstream peers. This facilitates their successful return to mainstream school or other appropriate provision.
To this end our aim is to engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art. As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation, understanding by thinking critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design.
We achieve this by:-
- Helping students develop a positive attitude towards art.
- Inspiring, engaging and challenging students to enable them to produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences.
- Developing skills in drawing, painting, and other art techniques.
- Learning how to evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art.
- Encouraging students to learn about great artists.
- Developing an understanding of the historical and cultural development of art.
Art lessons are taught for two, 45 minute lessons weekly. Students work is assessed on completion of each module.
The aim of this approach is to ensure pupils produce; creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences, become proficient in drawing, painting, evaluating and analysing creative works using the language of art, know about great artists and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.
Teaching and learning is consolidated further by a rigorous system of AFL being encompassed in all lessons. This facilitates a greater pupil involvement in the learning process allowing them to gain confidence, take risks and achieve a higher standard of learning.
Cross curricular links: –
The art curriculum is designed to link to other subjects in a variety of ways; mathematics –patterns, properties and shape. Science – patterns in nature, human form. English- book illustration. Humanities – landscapes. Cookery – food design and presentation. This pedagogical approach provides pupils with the opportunity to link concepts that they have studied to other subjects to art and vice versa. In turn this allows pupils to gain a greater appreciation of art by ensuring that art is relevant within all subject areas.
We believe that the benefits of this approach will allow students to develop and consolidate the skills they have developed in art.
- Learning objectives are displayed, explained and referred to throughout the lesson
- A variety of teaching and learning styles are used
- Lessons are differentiated to meet individuals’ needs
- A rigorous system of AFL is used to inform teacher planning and pupil learning (See marking policy)
The Role of the subject leader
- To take the lead in policy development.
- To support colleagues.
- To monitor progress in art e.g. leading staff CPD, scrutiny of work, analysis of assessment data.
- To take responsibility for the choice, purchase and organisation of resources.
- To be familiar with current thinking concerning the teaching of art, and to disseminate to colleagues.
- The subject leader will be responsible to the Head teacher.
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