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Art and Design

“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” Edgar Degas (1834-1917)

Art and Design at Tapton School is a vibrant department where students will engage with a wide variety of materials, techniques, styles and traditions. Our core purpose is to equip students with the skills, knowledge and experiences that will enable them to develop their own ideas, concepts and responses in creative and appropriate ways. We have excellent examination results at KS4 and KS5 and many students have followed career paths in related areas such as architecture, design, fashion etc. In KS3, Y7 students have the opportunity to develop skills in drawing and recording, the combination of Henri Rousseau’s jungle paintings and Arthur Conan Doyle’s  “The Lost World” act as inspiration for a group project, students also explore non-western masks and card modelling. In Y8 all students have the opportunity to make a working visit to Kelham Island, they explore pattern and decoration producing a textile batik piece and look at the work of Maggie Hambling and Giocometti in a project based around Identity. Students in Y9 have the opportunity to visit the Hepworth gallery and produce sculptural work in clay as well as other materials. In KS4 (GCSE) we visit the V&A and the National Gallery in London using this trip as inspiration for skill building and a final piece, in the spring term we visit the Yorkshire Sculpture Park moving on to produce a second body of work. In KS5 (A Level) we offer trips to the Tate Britain and Tate Modern in London, as well as a residential trip to Paris, where we visit many galleries and museums. All this develops a wider understanding of our shared cultural heritage, allowing students to develop their own interests and build a greater contextual understanding.

We strive to make Art and Design at Tapton an exciting and interesting journey, where all students can learn to enjoy the creative processes.