Art is allocated two one-hour lessons every week, which is double the provision in most secondary schools. Pupils are taught the traditional techniques of drawing and Art history. Teachers show pupils exactly how to use each media in depth step-by-step using the visualizer, there is no ‘guess work’ at Michaela. Pupils are given time to develop into skilful artists so that when they progress into KS4/5 they are able to demonstrate their ideas and solve their personal creative problems using highly informed and high quality outcomes.
Unlike in many schools where students only learn the name of movements, artists and if they’re lucky some keywords and dates, Michaela pupils are taught Art history as a subject within itself. Pupils self-quiz from Art knowledge grids and are quizzed on this knowledge. Our pupils are able to appreciate and discuss artworks confidently having the knowledge and understanding of the history of it. They learn how meaning is communicated in images and artefacts through exploring Art history which is embedded within the curriculum, so that children can visit Art galleries and speak knowledgeably about what they see with confidence.
Look at some of our Y7 pupils’ work by clicking here please.
Look at some of our Y8 pupils’ work by clicking here please.
Look at some of our Y9 pupils’ work by clicking here please.
Ms Elizabeth Speller, Head of Art
“In Art we learn both the core skills and the history of Art. We develop many methods and techniques to enable us to draw with accuracy and skill. We look to the Greeks to explore the proportion of the body, to the artists of the Renaissance for the rules of perspective through to the Expressionists to investigate colour value. We learn to appreciate and analyse artwork using key art vocabulary. Pupils at Michaela are able to find solutions to their own creative problems effectively having developed the appropriate skills and techniques across a range of media.”