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Studying Art offers students a vital opportunity to explore their own creativity, express ideas and develop an understanding of visual principles in our increasingly image-filled world. Pablo Picasso said Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.’ In the Art department we aim to foster an inquisitive approach to Art; developing students’ willingness to take risks, celebrating creativity, and stimulating the imagination at all levels.

Studying Art at SPH allows students to explore the world in which they live, other cultures, and perspectives thus enabling them to make sense of their world, their role within it and how they can make a difference. Students begin by exploring the formal elements of Art and how we can record through a variety of different traditional and less traditional techniques.
Through the exploration of a variety of historical and contemporary artists students work to inspire their practice and techniques in an individual way. In KS3 students develop skills in a wide variety of media through topics including Identity, The World Around Me and Birds. Projects for KS4 and KS5 explore Structures, Human Conditions, and A Sense of Place, among others, with increasing independence in the direction the project takes. Alongside the development of their visual language students will also become adept critical thinkers; questioning contexts, developing communication, and problem solving. Students will develop a strong visual literacy enabling them to explore aesthetic considerations and to develop their presentation skills.

Art has a good uptake at KS4 and KS5 with a high percentage of students going on to pursue a creative course or apprenticeship on leaving college. Since the creative economies is now the fastest growing industry in the UK, bringing in over £111bn, demand for creative, adaptable and highly skilled individuals to fill the creative jobs has never been higher. In the Art department we are working to develop young people who are skilled and passionate about working in this diverse and exciting field.

Students creative journeys are further developed through visits to Art galleries like the Tate Modern and Pallant House Gallery, visiting artists, life drawing sessions for KS5 and exhibition opportunities at local venues such as Arundel Museum. The Art department’s friendly and lively work environment is regularly open to students after-school; students who wish to use the resources and space, for additional drop in support sessions, and for KS3 Art club. 

Each year we hold an Art exhibition to celebrate the work produced by our talented GCSE and A Level students alongside as much work from KS3 students as we can fit! We hope that through a study of art, our students will become people who are able to see potential, think outside the box, and use their creativity with confidence. 

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