Art

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 our Art 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.

Facilities

The Art department is a brand new purpose built facility which was opened in 2018. The studio is a large open plan space with an abundance of daylight. 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 printing press, gelliplates and screenprinting frames, allow for printmaking and textile printing, and we share new sewing machines with the Design and Technology Department.

Art scholarships

We encourage children who show a strong artistic potential and enthusiasm to apply for art scholarships at their senior school. Recent art scholars have been awarded art scholarships to St Mary’s Calne, Bryanston, Sherborne and Canford.