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Art & Design
Art is a source of inspiration, enjoyment and fulfilment.

Art & Design is a discipline that demands an engagement with the visual, visceral, intellectual and spiritual dimensions of subjectivity.

When students are studying this subject they are given the opportunity to develop a range of attitudes, attributes and skills that are essential for personal growth, happiness and professional success.

An enquiry and problem based methodology is used to empower individuality and promote creativity.

Our teachers continually strive to help students become active and resourceful learners such that they can develop the confidence to take imaginative risks, make mistakes and create personal and original solutions to increasingly independently defined problems.

Intrinsic motivation is a primary goal within the Alice Smith School Art Department. All lessons aim to develop curiosity, open mindedness and critical reflection to accelerate learning and inspire students to engage with visual culture for the pleasure of making personal and collective discoveries. With our focus on attitudes to learning and transferable skills, Art & Design lessons develop that rare combination of imaginative speculation, rigorous research and problem solving as well as independent and collaborative thinking.

Studying Art provides a sound foundation for success in a range of professions requiring higher order thinking including architecture, science, engineering, medicine, law and business.

If you would like further information on the Art & Design curriculum taught in a specific year group or at GCSE and A Level please request the relevant curriculum guide here.

Facilities and Resources

The Art Department comprises two class rooms dedicated to Key Stage 3 teaching and a suite of iMacs situated between the two. In addition, there is a sculpture room, kiln room, photographic studio and a large multipurpose studio. Within the multipurpose studio there is another suite of iMacs dedicated to the delivery of digital photography post-production, a printmaking area and an area dedicated to Sixth Form study.

Department Staff

The Department comprises four full time staff, including three specialist art teachers and one technician. Our knowledge, understanding and experience of teaching is extensive and is complemented by our diverse experience within the creative industries working as graphic designers, sculptors, fine art painters and photographers. 

Art is a source of inspiration, enjoyment and fulfilment.
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