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Aims & Philosophy of the Art Department

The Art Department at Queen Margaret’s encourages the development of skills, experience in the use of a wide range of media and the recognition that risk taking is a valued element in the creation of art. The study of art and design is seen as offering pupils the opportunity to express their emotional and developing cultural awareness in a visual form. We encourage the examination of works of art through practical work and by visits to galleries. Our ideal aim for a girl is that by the time she has passed through the art department from year I to year UVI she will be well versed in the use of media, be a capable draughtswoman, confident in developing her ideas independently through sketchbook use and someone who is prepared to take on challenging concepts. She will also be familiar with camera and photography skills and have sound ability in the use of computers for the manipulation of images.

Overview of Key Stage 3 Curriculum

In Years I-III, girls study art for one hour per week. These courses run on a thematic basis with one theme generally lasting for the entire school year. The emphasis is on enjoyment of the subject through experimentation, examining artist’s work and concepts and the development of cultural awareness. The acquirement of skills is important but we put emphasis on the idea that girls should have a go at things within a climate that promotes experimentation. The courses include, drawing, painting, three dimensional work and visits to galleries. Once they have completed the course, girls will have a much improved awareness of and confidence in the use of a wide range of visual elements

What makes the department unique from those at other schools?

The girls work within an environment that is tailored as much as possible to suit their personal development in Art & Design.  Our studios are open until 21:30 each evening for girls in examination groups to take advantage of the excellent art facilities. Principally we think it is mainly our emphasis on experimentation within a climate of individual support that makes our Art Department unique. Amongst parents, the work produced by girls in the department is consistently noted for its originality, depth of knowledge, and special quality.

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