The process of making art enables a child to gain skills in a visual language that can not only communicate meanings, ideas and experiences, but can also develop confidence and a sense of identity.
At St Hilda’s School, the Curriculum Plans for Art and Design provide a progressive programme of learning that encourages independent thinking and personal creativity. This is borne out by the art scholarships which our Form VI pupils successfully apply for each year at many of the local Independent Secondary Schools.
It is intended that the teaching of Art and Design at St. Hilda’s School will:
- Foster and enhance creative ability, enabling the exploration and expression of each child’s individual understanding of the environment in which they live.
- Develop appropriate technical skills in the use of a wide range of materials, media and tools in the creation of 2D and 3D work.
- Provide appropriate resources and activities to stimulate an imaginative response to a wide variety of concepts, themes and experiences.
- Build confidence in the communication of original and innovative ideas.
- Develop a child’s design capability, including analytical, practical and decision-making skills.
- Develop an appreciation of, and a critical response to, different images, artefacts and objects produced by different cultures around the world, in both the past and present time.
- Explore the work of artists of both genders, past and present, working in different art and design disciplines.
Underpinning these objectives is a focus on drawing and sketchbook work and the development of a portfolio to support scholarship applications.