We believe at St James that art is an important part of a boy’s holistic education. In the Art Department we aim to provide, for every pupil, the opportunity to fulfil his potential within the subject. The art rooms are a lively and creative environment giving pupils the opportunity to express their ideas, feelings and emotions. The syllabus is structured around projects, often cross-curricular, which are designed to:

  • enable pupils to become visually literate
  • develop creative and technical skills
  • develop pupils’ aesthetic judgements and make informed judgements about art
  • develop pupils’ design capability
  • develop pupils’ capacity for imaginative and original thought and experimentation
  • develop pupils’ capacity to learn about and observe the world in which they live.
  • develop pupils’ ability to articulate and communicate ideas, opinions and feelings about their own work and that of others.

It is hoped that the boys will develop an understanding for art from different periods in history, cultures and ethnic backgrounds as well as gaining practical dexterity by practising different techniques. Pupils are introduced to the finest examples of art and techniques within the diverse cultures studied. In order for pupils to have first-hand experience, we take every year group out to visit museums, galleries and important exhibitions. Workshops and visits to artists’ studios are included whenever possible.