Enjoyment is an important element of art, craft and design at Russell House. The curriculum is structured to enable pupils to develop skills in drawing, painting, printing, collage, textiles and design technology. They are encouraged to observe, investigate and record the world around them using a wide variety of techniques, styles, equipment and incorporate ICT.
The children are introduced to a range of artists during their time at Russell House, including Turner, Constable, Riley, Cezanne, Rothko, Dali, Hockney, Picasso, Monet and Hokusai. From appreciating their different styles and techniques, the children then experiment themselves to create their own work inspired by the Greats.
Design activities involve the planning and construction of projects, sometimes working with wood and electric circuits. Activities may include creating an original board game with instructions and rules of play; a model building with internal lighting; a pop-up book; a hand-made soft toy and Christmas decorations; a model farm scene with a working gate and model animals; a personalised pencil case and lunch box.
Sketchbooks are used from Forms 3 upwards which provide a record of the pupils’ learning and progress in art and design. Pupil work is proudly displayed around the school, celebrating achievement and providing a very visible demonstration of the range and quality of output from the children.
- An art exhibition is held twice a year displaying the full range of art, design, and 3D projects. All year groups are represented.
- Forms 5, 6 and 7 visit different London Galleries each year
- Visits and talks by local artists
- Pupils have a record of success in national IAPS art competitions.