From the earliest times, artistic expression has been common to all cultures. Beyond the barriers of language, discovering the cultural values of civilizations through their artistic production is one of the best ways to promote international understanding.
Students are brought into contact with the art forms and aesthetic values of other cultures as well as their own, and are helped to develop perceptions between ideas and art. They are also encouraged to identify particular creative abilities and to master techniques appropriate to that form of expression.
In addition, the course:
- Organises learning around the inquiry cycle- a dynamic, ongoing process of sensing, planning, creating and evaluating art, and one in which all the senses are involved
- Encourages creative energy, communication, interaction and reflection
- Aims to help the student become a developing artist—one who is able to assess the level of skill and target the areas that need development
- Seeks to acquaint young people with the creations of men and women whose works have proven to be of enduring worth.
At Renaissance, students will have the opportunities to work cooperatively and individually while learning the skills and techniques of a broad range of disciplines, including sketching and drawing, painting, printmaking, textiles, sculpture and photography. These skills will range from a fundamental and traditional craft approach to developing work in digital media.
An integral aspect of the course will be the student’s process journal. This workbook will record the progress of their work as well as provide a journal in which they reflect on their own development as an artist.
Sameera Pelham (Interim)
Head of Visual Arts