Why do we learn art?
The art, craft and design department at Ark Soane is a vibrant, active hub where learners take part in a rigorous, diverse, and fulfilling creative curriculum. As a school we highly value arts education as a vital part of an Ark Soane students' broader cultural education. We believe that art and design is fundamentally about learning to produce and represent meanings, so good education in art involves doing (e.g. making or interpreting) and being (e.g. taking on the role of artist) as well as knowing.
Head of Department
Our curriculum therefore develops each student as an artist by building up from the basics. Students begin Year 7 with an introduction to the formal elements (line, tone, space, shape, form, colour, texture and pattern) before moving on to apply this in a variety of projects in Year 8 and 9 that explore different media and genres in their work.
Learning in art, craft and design at Ark Soane means having thoughtful encounters with diverse materials and processes at all levels, these include painting, drawing, design, sculpture, textiles and printmaking. We take students on a journey by examining art, craft and design throughout history and including the present day. We believe that this exploration and analysis of contemporary and historical art practice is key to understanding how artists build and at times break from the existing body of knowledge.
All students will have the opportunity to study Art at GCSE. They have access to our wellresourced studios and workshops to develop greater skill with art and design processes from sculpture to computer aided design.