The Dragon School Prep Art department is a lively, exciting, and invigorating place where pupils experience a wide range of artwork and materials through a curriculum that is fresh and stimulating.
Housed in three spectacular purpose built studios with high ceilings and ample natural light, pupils gain experience in drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture and ceramics through the study of both historic and contemporary art practice.
Each pupil keeps a sketchbook which is used to record observations and to research and plan project work. Lower (Year 4) and Middle (Years 5 & 6) School pupils have a double lesson (70mins) per week and a different topic and process is studied each term, based around a particular artist or art movement. Upper (Year 7 & 8) School pupils have a triple lesson (105mins) per week and projects are taught in 8 week units. Through experimenting with ideas, trying out new techniques, recording feelings, thoughts and information about artists the pupils develop work that is ambitious, well thought out and sometimes on a large scale.
Some projects encompass group work, where pupils will form a small team. This aims to help stimulate camaraderie, the sharing of knowledge and ideas, and ultimately a feeling of common accomplishment.
The use of ICT is mainly evident through the research process, though we also use the School's ICT suites to enable the use of graphics software and image manipulation. Some projects use digital media both in the creation and recording process.