Art & Design

Art & Design

Study in the arts is integral to our society. Education and engagement in the fine arts are an essential part of the school curriculum and an important component in the educational programme of every student.

Art is intrinsically linked to humanity. We’ve been making it for about as long as we’ve been called humans, and few would argue against its value as culturally enriching as well as emotionallly and often intellctually rewarding.

As scientific research has shown, our minds seem built to enjoy and analyse art deeply, and creating it, no matter your skill level, is good for you. Creating visual art improved connections in the brain and it has been proved that maling art can help to reduce stress and anxiety.

Painting, designing, sculpting, and all the other artistic pursuits have benefits that go far beyond pure enjoyment or cultural creation- these activities can also strengthen your brain and improve your mood.

Several marketable professional skills are developed through art, including: Critical Thinking and Analysis; Arts students are trained to dig deeoer, and to move beyond the superficial; communications; Research; Creativity; A Global Perspective and Interpersonal Abilities.

The premier organisations in the corporate world today recognise that the human intellect “draws from many wells.” Art gives access to the deepest of those wells.

Students at TBGS are offered a variety of opportunities at KS3 from a selection of projects which encourage imagination and creativity and enables all to experience a broad range of Art prior to GCSE.

Imagination and Creativity. 

Students can take theri experiences of the world and transform them through art, making new connections and relationships through their inventive minds. Their knowledge, memories and fantasies all feed their imagination, Art allows students to explore, build on and record their own creative and imaginative ideas.


 Making pictures allows students to express their feelings and ideas, both as a means of self-expression and to communicate to others. These may include reliving a happy event they recently experienced ( a birthday or a day out), or drawing out some sad feelings as a therapeutic exercise. Older students may use pictures for more conceptual purposes, expressing their concerns and ideas.

Visual Thinking. 

Pictures encourage us to think about and understand the world visually, instead of restricting learning and the acquisition of knowledge to words and numbers alone. Visual thinking helps students learn other subjects. It is a skill used in a wide variety of professions, including the sciences as well as the arts.

Observational skills. 

Making pictures helps students observe the subject matter of the real world scene they are drawing from more closely, and makes them better observers of detail in the world around them. Developing observational skills through picture-making facilitates the child’s visual sensitivity to the world.




Problem solving and analytical skills.

Pictures enable students to explore and test out ideas, while making decisions on how they choose to depict them. For instance, students will learn problem solving skills as they grapple with trying to create a three dimensional scene from the world on a two dimensional page. With practice, students learn that concerntration and persistance allow them to get closer to the pictures they are trying to achieve.


 A student’s picture is his or her own. It has worth in its own right, without having to be measured or judged by others as right or wrong. The student has the authority to say what the picture is of, or what it communicates building up their confidence and self esteem.

Key Stage 3 Art and Design


Key Stage 4 Art and Design