At Myton, we are striving for an Art department where both students and staff can enjoy teaching and learning. All students should feel safe (relaxed) within our department to feel confident to express themselves and who they are, without fear of judgement. We aspire to creating artists rather than simply students studying art. We want a department whereby all students are given opportunities to reach or exceed their target grades. Art and the department should work as a valve for releasing the pressures that some students experience elsewhere in their lives; to consider self-expression and the effect this has on well-being and mental health. We want students to be passionate about Art and its ability to communicate, appreciating the work of other artists and how this work can help them reach their own personal goals. We want clear progression from KS3 to KS5 with regard to both the student’s artistic development and their acquisition of skills. In projects there must be freedom, particularly at KS4 and KS5, to explore themes and ideas that are relevant to the individual students and to society as a whole. All students must understand the assessment criteria at each level and implement it in order to make progress and attain the best possible standard of work. They must be confident in a range of media from 2D to 3D, and be given opportunities to explore, exploit and understand both the potential and limitations of a variety of media in order to realise their intentions (realise ambitious ideas). We want the hard work of students and staff to be appreciated and acknowledged through marking, feedback and the celebration of quality work.
The role of the art staff is critical: we must give freedom to students. Risk-taking is an essential part of all the work that we do in all years that we teach.