During their time at the Polygon the pupils learn a variety of skills and techniques in Art. We use correct vocabulary to increase the boys’ knowledge of what they are making, and enable them to discuss their work.
Drawing, painting, printing and 2D/3D work are taught throughout the year groups - and revisited through topic work to increase their skills levels.
The topics and projects change each term and as they move up through the school they will be introduced to new media, research, planning, and evaluation. This helps to prepare for GCSE work.
Outdoor work, trips, Gallery visits and workshops are arranged to enhance learning and creativity, when possible bringing in outside artists to work with the pupils. This year some of our boys participated in a Street Art event, writing and performing rap lyrics with musicians and spray painting onto cellophane with artists in the Guildhall Square.
We also use the school grounds and adjoining park as an outdoor classroom.
We aim to increase the enjoyment as well as the understanding of art for each pupil, with photography, marbling, clay work, collage and Christmas decorations included as lessons, as well as drawing, painting and printing.
Work is celebrated and displayed around the class and wider school, and sent to exhibition outside of school if possible.
All pupils are entered for a GCSE exam in Art and the studies for this allow for more personal choice in the topic and the media used.
Art Club is available for Tuesday and Friday activities and as a school we participate in Community or Collaborative Art projects. This year we have been involved in Marwell Zoo’s Zany Zebra Sculpture project, with our sculpture exhibited proudly at the children’s section of the Central Library, Southampton.