Subject Co-ordinator: Mrs Gilbey
At St Polycarp’s we believe in nurturing the whole child and, to this end, art is an integral part of the curriculum. It is taught both discreetly, with a focus on skills, analysis and artist studies; and as a part of exciting cross curricular topics to help with full immersion into the learning experience. Art activities range from painting with your feet as part of exploring inclusion, to creating sporting sculptures promoting a healthy life style, to digitally manipulating classical paintings. Students enjoy the variety of art opportunities they take part in and are happy that, as a subject, it is so prominent in the curriculum. They relish the chance to be creative and have described art lessons as ‘hard but fun’ sessions that allow them a chance to ‘relax and create’. Skills taught include drawing, painting, collage, sculpture and digital media.
Here at St Polycarp’s our Catholic faith is a central part of our teaching and art allows a unique exploration of perspective on faith. As such, art is often woven into RE teaching to allow creative religious expression. This might range from re-creating key biblical scenes to creating ‘riddle’ paintings that invite the audience to consider the religious message they are conveying.