Art at Bishops aims at preparing the boys for a future that requires self reliance and creative problem solving. We encourage the boys to come up with their own ideas instead of directing them with step by step instructions and recipes. Thus, they are encouraged to adapt and modify their so called "mistakes" in the process of problem solving in visual terms.
Our art programme at Bishops encourages creative expression. Topics aim to be inspire the boys to draw from their own experiences of life so that their art has integrity, individuality, spontaneity and freshness. Topics are appropriate to the boys developmental phase and are linked to classroom activities. They also allow for informal teaching of History of art.
Boys are encouraged to experiment with the possibilities and limitations of their tools and media as they develop skills in expressing themselves visually. They learn to handle a variety of media including the more traditional fine art products such as pencils, pens, pastels, cokees, water colour, paints, tempera paints, clay, wire, paper, and the craft products like fabric paints, stained glass paints, plaster of paris, soap, linoleum. This process of experimentation leads to self discovery and is extremely important as it leads, in turn, to self belief through extracting their own creativity from within.
In art, there is not, as in more formal academic subjects, "right" and "wrong". They do not have to conform to a particular pattern of acceptable expression. There is "my way". Thus boys learn to value and rely on their own resources, gaining in confidence and individuality.
Of course, while these underlying educational processes are at work, the boys are aware only that they are having fun and enjoying art!
Experimentation of media and innovative ways of perceiving the environment and breaking out of stereotyped ways of representing the world are the main criteria behind all projects.
Innovation/ innovative ideas
Confident to question
Value of own experiences
Belief in own feelings and opinions
Strengthened sense of self