Art & Design

The purpose of the Creative Arts curriculum is to:

Enable all students to access a range of creative subjects which foster their ability to be visual and creative thinkers and develop visual language skills in an ever more digital and media driven world where images are prevalent.

We intend for all students to develop practical skills in order to be able to express themselves creatively across a range of disciplines and subject areas and prepare them for creative pathways leading to a diverse range of career opportunities in the creative industries.

We wish to develop the imagination of students and give them opportunities to work collaboratively on projects which enrich their ability to communicate through the creation of artefacts and images both in 2D and 3D to learn how to manipulate media and materials and learn techniques necessary for self-expression. We aim to incorporate opportunities to use digital media in this process.

The principles of the Creative Arts curriculum

Here we explore the John Roan curriculum principles in the context of the Creative Arts curriculum:

  • Entitlement: The Creative Arts curriculum gives students the opportunity to study a wide range of artists, designers, and crafts people from a diverse range of cultures, time periods, styles, and movements. Students have the possibility of visiting galleries and museums to develop their cultural understanding and to enrich their practical experience in the classroom.
  • Coherence: The Curriculum is designed to develop practical skills across the disciplines so that students can build on prior knowledge and understanding with each new practical unit they undertake.
  • Mastery: The skill sets that students acquire through their study of Creative Arts subjects builds over time to give them the tools to become more sophisticated and confident with the media materials and techniques they are using
  • Adaptability: The creative Arts curriculum equips students to be confident in applying their creative skills in a wide range of situations including participating in art activities in the local community, competitions and events.
  • Representation: All students will be able to see a diverse range of cultures, traditions and beliefs represented through the study of Creative Arts subjects which will cover work made by artists, designers and craftspeople from all around the world through different time periods.
  • Education with character: Through the study of Creative Arts subjects students will be able to experiment with new ways of working which require creative thinking and risk taking, working in an environment where failure is a steppingstone in working towards success, building resilience. Students will develop a widening interest in the world around them through the study of the Creative world, thus becoming global citizens.

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