Ms H. Fenton – Subject Lead Creative Arts
“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.”
– Albert Einstein
Compelling Learning in Art
Our aim is to nurture students’ inquisitiveness alongside aptitudes of visual literacy and creativity. This is achieved through students’ active exploration of traditional and contemporary techniques, themes and concepts. The learning environment in Art and Design empowers students to become insightful viewers and creators of the world in which they live through the interpretation and creation of visual imagery. Students confidently work in the manner of creative practitioners, using visual imagery, in its widest contexts, as a means of communication, expression and enjoyment by giving form to messages, meaning and emotions.
Compelling Learning in Art and Design is characterised by embodying human creativity and supporting students to take risks with ideas, materials and processes. Students are facilitated to successfully approach the challenges they encounter, in learning and life, to develop their creative thinking and problem solving. This ensures the nurturing of insightful and expressive contemporary citizens.
Within Art and Design we have an open door policy and welcome students who wish to be creative, practise skills and develop their work further at lunchtimes and after school. Alongside this we offer lunchtime ‘Art Therapy’ and drawing clubs.
Additional enrichment opportunities in Art and Design offer students opportunities to work with professional organisations and initiatives. These have included: Manchester Metropolitan University’s Digital Designer in Residence; Arts Award activities in school, at Tate Liverpool and Yorkshire Sculpture Park; Bury College Masterclasses and opportunities to enter local and national competitions.