The recently refurbished art room is a lively place and offers scope for both class art and the individual learner outside timetabled art lessons. Many pupils are involved in large-scale group projects which allow children of all ages to participate. The work produced by all age groups is displayed throughout the School.
The traditional skills of drawing and painting are fundamental to children's learning. A rich and varied range of artistic opportunities in the form of printmaking, ceramics, textiles and sculpture form part of a broad curriculum. The aim is to find a means of engaging each child's innate creative response.
In addition to skills based learning, the study of other artists and designers enriches and informs children's work, whether they are 7 or 13! New technology brings the work of other artists to life, and children can see large-scale images whilst they are working.
The school buildings and grounds are a valuable visual resource and we gain inspiration from the visits of working artists as well as a trip a London gallery in Year 7.
St Andrew's has a strong tradition of scholarship work and a thriving Portfolio Club runs in Years 7 and 8, enabling those with a special talent to develop their work fully. This serves to inspire others and celebrates the passion, enthusiasm and joy of creating, which is at the heart of our philosophy.