Art and Design
Our Art and Design Ethos
Corpus Christi School strives for excellence and innovation in art and design. We seek to engage the children in exciting, inspiring and authentic experiences in a wide range of arts disciplines, offering a broad range of skills development in drawing, painting, printing, textiles, sculpture and collage. Children also have the opportunity to use design technology programmes to create computer aided artwork. We study a range of contemporary and historical artists, their lives and work, and place high value on visiting exhibition spaces, for example Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art. The children thoroughly enjoy a wide range of afterschool art workshops in visual arts, performance arts, film, creative writing and music. As their primary school education completes, they have worked individually and collaboratively with a range of artists and we are proud to have forged strong creative links with local artists within our community.
Purpose of study
Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. A high-quality art and design education should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.
The national curriculum for art and design aims to ensure that all pupils:
- 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
By the end of each key stage, pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified in the relevant programme of study.