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Aims & Philosophy of the Art Textiles 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 Textiles Technology for one hour per week. The aim is for girls to learn a series of technical skills, design processes, theoretical knowledge and a general application of these to produce a series of individual outcomes.

Year I begins with learning the basics of using a sewing machine for straight and decorative stitches, creating functional items, such as a patchwork cushion and a drawstring bag. They also begin to gain knowledge of fabric construction and decoration using felt-making, to create a needle-case, and dyeing and using fabric paints.

Year II focuses on 3D construction, creating a tote bag, an appliquéd cushion and a screen printed purse.

Year III girls spend the first half of the year producing a wide range of decorative and construction samples, which they then apply to a dyed scarf, using a variety of different appropriate fabrics to create an individual finished piece. We aim to create independent, enthusiastic pupils with a good base knowledge for life.

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 and Design.  Our studios are open until 22:00 each night for girls in the examination groups to take advantage of the excellent facilities.

The staff aim to keep up to date with new ways of working and new technologies and there is an excellent library resource and computer suite to enhance each individual’s learning. Encouragement and support is offered at all times to those require it. Working independently on practical projects helps the students express their individuality.

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