At Sandroyd, we celebrate children’s creativity and strive to deliver a rich and exciting curriculum, exploring a range of two and three dimensional media.
A strong emphasis is placed on experimentation and investigation, to enable children to develop strong practical skills across a wide range of art media. It is vital that children can respond creatively to the world around us, through play and creativity for younger years, and making connections to the work of artists, designers and craftspeople for older children. Art and Design enhances science, technology, literacy and numeracy, through multidisciplinary projects and approaches to learning.
Across the school from the Walled Garden pre-prep to our Seniors in Year 8, children keep sketchbooks to record classwork and personal projects, which display clear evidence of progression with sketches, photographs of 3D work, write ups of trips, artist research and own ideas. Weekly workshops within art lessons teach techniques in drawing, painting, printing, textiles, design and clay. The Art Room is open during Hobbies and free time, so the children may come in to create with Miss Finn and our Gap team. We have weekly Art Clubs during Activities where we have focused on cardboard sculpture, clay and printing.
Our children regularly visit Canford’s art department for specialist printing workshops, Millfield for sculpture days, and gifted and talented workshops at Godolphin. It is crucial for children to experience museums and galleries, and so we make trips to the Tate Modern, the Fashion & Textile Museum and local museums to enhance their learning.
Over the past three years we have welcomed visiting artists, such as the ceramicist Carolyn Genders, graffiti artist Peter Sheridan who created two large wall murals with our Year 8’s, a willow workshop producing three large deer made by our boarders and sculptor Charlotte Moreton. From time to time we also welcome staff from different areas of the staff team, such as Ellen Yates who has now gone onto study Primary Education at Brighton University, and most recently Lucy Shapland who is also an animal portrait artist, and now Mollie Brampton who has just taken A level Textiles and Art from Brock College. The Walled Garden are also lucky to have Mrs Lambert-Hurley who is also a trained illustrator.
The Art department is a large open plan space with daylight lighting and an interactive projector which can be connected to an iPad or laptop for art films and teaching resources. An extensive library of art books for children, help inspire projects and research. We have a bank of school iPads for creative digital class tasks, and are starting to include animation and fabric design into the classroom. We also have a kiln for firing clay, with a wide range of glazes and tools for ceramic work. A printing press, gelliplates and screenprinting frames, allow for printmaking and textile printing, and we share new sewing machines with the Design and Technology Department adjacent to us.
Children who show artistic potential and enthusiasm may apply for art scholarships at their secondary schools, and these children have an individual studio space allowing them to develop their portfolio in their free time. These may be art scholarships, or art as part of an all-rounder prize. Recent art scholars have been awarded art scholarships to St Mary’s Calne, Bryanston, Sherborne and Canford.