In Art students are introduced to a range of historic and contemporary art practitioners and designers to broaden their understanding of what it means to be an artist, their working methods and the wider social/moral/political issues they explore. They explore how artists fit into the wider world and how those skills transfer into the wider artistic design community. Students develop skills in a range of media from drawing, painting and photography to printing, animation, textiles, sculpture and ceramics. They learn how to develop, refine and apply a skill with critical consideration, reflection and appropriate application. They explore how they can develop and communicate their own ideas independently. The emphasis is on developing skills, contextual understanding and resilience. Students learn how to work hard to succeed and celebrate the achievements gained from an art piece crafted with skill and care. Our KS3 curriculum models that of our KS4 and 5 curriculum and helps students develop the skills needed in order to succeed later on in school life and beyond. We strive to develop student’s core skills and an appreciation of craft whilst also nurturing creativity and their ability to express themselves and their own ideas. A willingness to explore and take risks in their work is an important part of the curriculum.