The (Dragon School Prep) Art department is a lively, exciting, and invigorating place where pupils experience a wide range of media 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(one hour lesson 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 (one hour lesson) per week and projects are taught in 8 week units. They rotate In a carousel between each art room/teacher and the Design Technology workshop. This enables a rich and diverse experience; through experimenting with ideas, trying out new techniques, recording feelings, thoughts, observations and information about artists the pupils develop work that is ambitious, well considered and exciting.
Some projects encompass group work which 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. Drawing still underpins the majority of our work and I truly believe the pencil to be mightier than the mouse.