We aim to inspire students to explore the creative process and achieve the highest standards in their individual artwork.
Our creative curriculum provides students with diverse opportunities to study current and past masters while learning core skills through a variety of media. We look to ensure the process of making artwork is all consuming and enjoyable, allowing our students to create unique work that they can feel truly proud of. Our Visual Arts team consists of highly experienced Art and Design teachers with specialisms that include drawing, painting, textiles, printing, ceramics and photography
Key Stage 3
At Key Stage 3, we offer a range of thematic projects that will help our students develop a variety of skills in traditional and new media. Our projects have been carefully designed to introduce students to a spectrum of artists and craftspeople in order to facilitate their understanding of art in its broadest context. Students will also develop artistic confidence and visual recording skills through structured and engaging lessons.
At the beginning of all creative work, students will be taught how to examine artifacts from across times and wider cultures to provide insight into the visual world around them. Each term, students will produce an in-depth project allowing them to work towards a personal piece of artwork in either 2D or 3D media.
How parents/carers can support learning.
We would encourage parents and carers to spend time reviewing student’s sketchbooks and artwork to celebrate their success. We would encourage trips to local museums and galleries such as St Albans Gallery or galleries in London such as The National Gallery. Holidays are opportunities for our artists to engage with artwork from the local area. A trip to Cornwall for example could provide an opportunity to explore the St Ives School which played a key role in the developments in British art from the 1940s to the 1960s. We are always happy to provide guidance so please do get in touch or reference our Super Curriculum for ideas.
Extra Curricular Activity
We provide regular opportunities throughout the academic year such as St Albans Legacy project, The Memory project or The Royal Academy Young Artists Award. We run weekly KS3 Art and Photography clubs. We run an annual residential trip for our young artists. We encourage our our students to participate in our Young Arts Leaders programme. We are a creative hub for UAL Future Creatives. We are delighted to be part of a highly innovative wider Arts team at Sandringham and continually seek to collaborate to provide cross-curricular opportunities for our students such as Arts Week and collaborative ELD days.
UAL Future Creatives: https://www.arts.ac.uk/study-at-ual/short-courses/future-creatives
The Saatchi Gallery: http://www.saatchi-gallery.co.uk/
The Hayward Gallery: https://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/venues/hayward-gallery
The Barbican Centre: http://www.barbican.org.uk/artgallery
The Whitechapel Gallery: http://www.whitechapelgallery.org/
The National Gallery: http://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/
The National Portrait Gallery: http://www.npg.org.uk/
The Photographers Gallery: https://www.photo.net/
British Museum: http://www.britishmuseum.org/
The Imperial War Museum: http://www.iwm.org.uk/
The Wallace Collection: http://www.wallacecollection.org/
The Welcome Collection: http://www.wellcomecollection.org/
The Natural History Museum: http://www.nhm.ac.uk/
The White Cube, Hoxton: http://whitecube.com/
The White Cube, Bermondsey: http://whitecube.com/
The Serpentine Gallery: http://www.serpentinegallery.org/
The ICA (Institute of Contemporary Art): https://www.ica.art/
Dulwich Picture Gallery: http://www.dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk/default.aspx
The Science Museum: http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk
The Design Museum: http://designmuseum.org
The British Library: http://www.bl.uk/