Art & Design

Art & Design at Valley Gardens Middle School

Art, Design and making embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. Creativity is an increasing prerequisite to success in all industries this, along with flexibility, confidence, hard work and innovation in tackling the challenges of the modern, fluctuating world are all character traits we actively nurture and develop in the Art Department at Valley Gardens. The high-quality art and design education we offer engages, inspires and challenges all pupils. Our Art & Design curriculum equips students with an open mind and the confidence to tackle life’s challenges and find innovative solutions to succeed.

At Valley Gardens students work with a practising, specialist Art & Design teacher with a background in Graphic Design, Illustration and Photography. We are dedicated in ensuring students develop a strong foundation of coordination and fine motor skills; controlling tools and applying a range of media with thought, care and dexterity. This in turn gives confidence to tackle increasingly challenging projects.

Drawing, painting, art history, ceramics, print and graphic design all formulate a broad but in depth project-based curriculum. Research, developing ideas, experimentation and analysis of process with a final piece prepares students for GCSE and A Level equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, analyse, develop and create their own works of art, craft and design.

As pupils progress, they are able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. We also aim for students to know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, contribute to global culture and support the creative development across all global industries.

Students enjoy Art & Design, they are happy when they are liberated to be creative, encouraged to try new techniques and embrace the mistakes that help them to develop their own, creative and original solutions. At Valley Gardens Art & Design we are passionate students should be allowed to learn and develop in a carefully planned, creative and enjoyable learning environment.

Please have a look through our curriculum and homework maps. Look at how we assess the student’s work and if you have any questions please contact the department.

Mr Grundy (Head of Art & Design)



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