The Grenville Schools Fine Art Department is dynamic and progressive and over the years, engaging pupils in a variety of artistic media and creative experiences. It allows them to develop their imagination, curiosity and engagement with the world around them.
Art influences society by changing opinions instilling values and translating experiences across space and time. Research has shown art affects the fundamental sense of self. Painting, Sculpture, Literature, Graphics and other arts are often considered to be the repository of a society’s collective memory.
Learning through and about the arts enriches the experience of studying while at school as well as preparing students for life after school. Art and design encourages self-expression and creativity and can build confidence as well as a sense of individual identity. Grenville Schools has created an enabling environment to explore all possibilities and capacity of art education with all materials necessary.
Also, Grenville schools allow students to learn about themselves their culture and their community by taking art classes which enables students to begin to visualize the world differently.The training of art as a subject in Grenville schools is very influential for students because it affects students in a way that many other classes cannot.
Art classes have helped to develop students’ creativity and their way of expression. Art education in Grenville Schools also helps to guide mental development and transmits heritage, guiding students to recognize and appreciate the diverse perspectives they will encounter in an increasingly global community. With these, the importance of art education in the school can be well understood through the habits that the students form. Students discovered new things while creating art and they are then able to adapt the new knowledge to daily life.
Cambridge IGCSE Art and Design syllabuses are created especially for international students from Year 7 to Year 11 classes in which the syllabus appeals to learners who wish to explore practical work through a range of two and/or three-dimensional processes and include new media and technologies in addition to traditional media processes.
From year 7, which is the entry point into the secondary level, with the guide of the syllabus, we begin to teach kids to have a positive attitude and mindset towards art and craft, alongside the elements, principles, terminologies, media, and techniques. This is an introductory stage, where we build, nurture, protect and develop these tender delicate minds towards positivity.
Most project at this level is channeled towards moral value, discipline, love, care, respect, humility, peace and good conduct, At this stage drawing is not compulsory, nor is it a prerequisite for academic excellence. We consistently challenge them to create, plan, and prepare meaningful and relevant projects that will consistently maintain a high level of success for ALL students and the image of the school as a whole.
As they progress into year 8, students are familiar with materials, art terminologies and some compulsory basic knowledge about art. With the help of the syllabus, we begin to access their prowess in analytical skills, which include logical reasoning, critical thinking, communication, research, and most importantly creativity.
In this stage, personal work, group work, teamwork, and executing semi-complex projects are more visible both in their practical works and study research. They express themselves more because of the confidence built from their previous year 7. This is the class where you discover so many talented students who can’t draw but are very good in craft, who can’t draw but can design perfectly well. This stage is the beginning of accessing their technical proficiency. How to handle different art tools, moulding tools, sculpting tools, pen, brush and discovering individual artistic styles and signatures.
Year 9 is the stage where we give the students the bedrock and foundation of art and how relevant it is to different professions. This is akin to how a doctor will always need a visual illustration for a presentation. At this stage, we allow them to work individually to express their innermost passion and creativity. They explore different mediums and experiment with new materials. And a recap of all they have been learning from year 7 to start preparing for IGCSE
At this stage we allow them to take the first positive step into the creative profession of being a professional artist. They are allowed to express their own style, and signature. Through this we can identify their area of strength and weakness.
As we develop, teach and discover new talents, we ensure that other students that are not art inclined have one or two successful projects in order to continuously access their effort towards being creative. Year 10L is the final stage where art inclined students from here can choose to develop their portfolio and study for IGCSE Fine Art subject.
The combination of knowledge and skill in Cambridge IGCSE Art and Design gives learners a solid foundation for further study. Candidates who achieve grades “A to C” are well prepared to follow a wide range of courses including Cambridge international “AS and A” level art and design. So, putting students through these conducive teaching and learning environments has helped them in achieving their best in IGCSE Art and Design Examinations which past and present records have shown.