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The study of Art is important in the development of problem-solving skills, creativity and visual and aesthetic awareness.
Art promotes independence in the skills and qualities of imagining, problem solving, analysing and sensitivity.
Through the communication of ideas and feelings, Art is a language which complements more scientific, mathematical or factually based subjects. The method of working in the department demands individual initiative and independence, thereby promoting personal responsibility and self-discipline.
Through the opportunities and the individual achievements it promotes, students experience satisfaction and enjoyment, together with increased self-esteem and confidence. The very nature of our subject also supports students’ intellectual, emotional, social, physical and spiritual development.
Emphasis on Fine Art
At Camp Hill Girls’ School, the emphasis is on Fine Art. In Years 7 & 8, students’ work is characterised by the need to understand the reality surrounding them. These are fundamental years, when students receive a strong grounding in the basic skills of drawing, painting, 3D work, textiles and design. Year 9 students are encouraged to discover that Art can convey personal and significant meaning, particularly through sculpture. The study of artists’ work is incorporated into most projects and students are taught to articulate fluently in their responses and analyses.
The standard of GCSE and AS/A2 work regularly results in exceptionally sensitive and individual artwork, and the work of our students is celebrated through the vibrant displays, both within the department and around the school.
Visits to the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, London and Barcelona are organised on a regular basis, and uptake of these visits is extremely positive. Extra lunchtime and after school sessions are offered, providing further opportunity for students to take advantage of the facilities and expertise offered by the department. The department maintains links with the wider community through entering students’ work into local and national competitions and exhibitions.
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