In CFS’s Art Department, we believe all students should experience a broad and balanced curriculum including developing and exploring their creativity. Beginning in the lower school, students of all abilities are taught the basics of drawing, painting and other practical art skills and are encouraged to engage with the world around them. Schemes of work are designed so that students develop their range of skills as they progress throughout the school. They have the opportunity to work in a variety of media including clay, painting, printmaking, sculpture, textiles and ICT. The use of sketchbooks within the department means students are taught the process of recording and documenting ideas, techniques and processes. It also ensures that all homework and classwork can be organised and kept safe.
The department is staffed with experienced teaching and support staff and is housed in multi-purpose art rooms with specialist equipment. The art rooms provide a bright and stimulating environment where the display and exhibition of work is encouraged. The art department foyer is also used as a gallery and information space, where students can access information about current exhibitions as well as exhibit their own work. Participation in extra-curricular activities is encouraged and department staff are always on hand to provide extra assistance. Art clubs are offered at both lunchtime and after school. during these times students can work independently, receive extra support or explore new techniques. The department promotes competitions and achievement and students from CFS have entered a number of nationwide competitions such as the Saatchi Art Prize for Schools. Students are introduced to creativity in culture via the investigation and critical studies of artists. Trips and visits, as well as visiting speakers, help students appreciate the role of creative subjects in society and nurture anunderstanding of creative careers and industries.
A number of transferable skills are also taught within the curriculum that help prepare students for the world of work, suchas; critical thinking, presentation, questioning skills, adaptability, time management and independent learning.every student is personally supported in a nurturing environment to ensure that he/she achieves their personal best. The department promotes and develops skills for each student to enhance their spiritual, moral, social and cultural understanding and encourages them to participate and add value to the world around them.