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The Bishop of Hereford's Bluecoat School

A Church of England School

Part of the joy of Art course is that you don’t just study Art: you make it.

Art enhances fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, problem solving skills, lateral thinking, complex analysis and critical thinking skills. No matter what career you choose, those who can arrange, present and display material in a way that is aesthetically pleasing have an advantage. Research shows that involvement in the arts (both Visual Art and Performing Art) is associated with higher levels of attainment in both high school and university.

“Catterall” also notes that studying arts can have other positive benefits such as greater involvement in serving the community.

Art begins with observation of the real world: recording, analysis and creation of a visual response to the surroundings. Art makes students look at the world anew – even mundane, ordinary aspects of the world. Art also fills the soul. There is something magical about smearing pencil and paint across a piece of paper and sculpting form with your hands. Communicating with colour and shape and form awakens the imagination; it opens the door to ‘now’.

The creative industry is an ever-expanding industry that offers a wealth of job opportunities ranging from advertising, architecture, art heritage (museum/gallery conservator), creative design (ceramics, fashion, interior etc.), digital art (computer games design, graphics etc.) display design (exhibitions etc.), photography (corporate, fashion, social, sports etc.) and visual art (animator, graphic design, illustration, fine art etc.).