The Art department strives to enable students to:
- Express themselves in new ways.
- Learn about jobs in the Arts industry like graphic design, making theatre and television props, interior design, illustrating books and magazines, fashion, film, photography, sculpture, and printmaking.
- To learn about things that have happened in the world throughout history.
- To help develop their imagination and creativity, and that can help solve problems in other lessons
At KS3 Students to learn about:
- How to use the Basic Visual Elements in Art and Design; these are the key skills we need to make really good artwork
- Different Artists and Designers from other countries and from different times in history like Pablo Picasso, Vincent van Gogh, and Georgia O’Keeffe.
- Newer artists like Tracy Emin, Gavin Turk and Chris Offili
- Projects with Themes such as: ‘Self-Portrait’, ‘Natural Forms’ and ‘Leisure’
- Working with different tools, materials, processes and techniques
The Art Department staff all previously worked as professional artists, and we have excellent subject knowledge and a wide range of skills. We believe encouraging children to develop their creativity and express their ideas is essential in helping them to make sense of their world and grow in confidence. Art lessons at St. Mark’s are oddly busy yet calm, and challenging yet relaxing! Classrooms are always open for children at lunchtimes, and we have after school enrichment clubs. We go on trips to museums and galleries like the Horniman and Tate Modern.