“Drawing teaches habits of close observation that will always be useful”
- Susanna Clarke –
Our curriculum vision at Barnsley Academy's Art and Design Department is to develop all students into curious artist designers who are critical thinkers and confident communicators through various visual, written, and linguistic forms. We provide a wealth of art making experiences that allow students to learn about different times, cultures, and perspectives, while exploring the meaning of humanity and life through art.
We have high expectations for all our pupils and believe that every student, regardless of prior attainment or skill, has the right to experience the full spectrum of art history across global cultures. Through careful sequencing of the curriculum and high-quality teaching and learning, we ensure that every student can make progress in art. We foster confidence by helping students articulate how art and design reflect and shape our history, contributing to our world's culture and creativity.
Reasoned judgements and analysis of image and language
Our curricular approach enables students to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of Art and Design. Through the development of strong reasoning and analytical skills, we want our students to appreciate the beauty, creativity and communicative power of the visual arts.
Development of a wide range of proficient artistic skills
Our Art and Design curriculum engages, inspires and challenges pupils, equipping them with the applied knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and refine their own works of art, craft and design. Art, Design and Photography empowers our students to work in future fields as diverse as architecture, interior design and fine art.