Art and Design

Our vision is to enrich the quality of our artists’ creative experiences; to inspire, inform, stimulate, and challenge all students in art and design, so that they aspire to become innovators, and experiment, invent and create their own works of art. 

Ms K. Kilbane, Head of Art

Our subject philosophy: To equip all students with the skills and knowledge to critically analyse historical and contemporary art references and develop artwork. Art and Design will act as a catalyst for cultural development through the exploration of innovative ideas. Students will be able to identify how art reflected and shaped our history, and how it contributes to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation today. Our aim is to ensure that all pupils produce creative work, record their experiences and become confident and assured when evaluating their artwork and the art of others, through experimentation with a wide range of mixed media processes, techniques and skills.

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Art and Design at Bower Park Academy offers students the opportunity to develop their creativity by using a range of skills in a wide variety of contexts. We aim to inspire and challenge students, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment and express their own ideas with confidence.

In line with the National Curriculum for Art and Design, we ensure that all students;

  • produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences
  • become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques
  • evaluate and analyse creative works, using the language of art, craft and design
  • know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.

Students respond to the work of a range of artists, and critical studies is an integral part of all projects, allowing pupils to make a response to artwork through written word and discussion. They are introduced to a wide range of styles from different cultures and periods, and learn to appreciate the visual world around them.

Students are fortunate to have major London museums and galleries within easy reach, and a programme of visits and opportunities to work with professional artists is used to stimulate new ideas and extend their own practice. As well as regularly visiting galleries independently, Year 10 GCSE students make an annual trip to the Tate Modern and the National Portrait Gallery.

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