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Art Curriculum Intent

Art is a visual language that is universally understood and therefore a fundamental form of communication. We aim to equip our students with the necessary understanding and skills to be able to communicate their knowledge, ideas, feelings and experiences. Through the study of art, students at The Hollins will learn about themselves, their community, their environment and the different cultures and traditions around the world, through engagement with a variety of artists, genres and processes. They will be given the opportunity to:

  • Engage with a wide variety of art genres, disciplines and traditions from different cultures around the world.
  • Contextualise the art they study and produce and learn about how this fits into everyday life, careers and different cultures.
  • Practise and improve skill in the use of the formal elements of art including line, tone, colour, texture, shape and form in order to visually communicate effectively.
  • Develop knowledge and skills in the main processes of fine art including drawing, painting, sculpture, digital media, printmaking and mixed media.
  • Generate, develop and refine ideas and present a personal and meaningful response to given themes.
  • Describe, analyse, interpret and evaluate their own work, that of their peers and the work of various artists, genres and cultures.
  • Develop creative and critical thinking skills that are transferrable across school and prepare them for wider life.

We strive to create a positive, energetic and creative atmosphere in our art department. It is important to us that students enjoy their lessons and feel able to express themselves, form opinions, talk about their own and other’s work with confidence, take risks without fear and see mistakes as opportunities rather than stumbling blocks.