Textile education can enrich pupils’ lives in many ways.
We want pupils to learn how to enjoy & engage with Artist’s work, to acquire cultural capital, become visually literate, creative, open-minded, and expressive individuals. The textile curriculum enables pupils to read, think about & discuss artists’ work, make original artwork using a range of approaches & technical making skills, become problem solvers and critical thinkers. The power of the Textiles to improve mental health & well-being is well documented.
In 2019 there were 2.1 million jobs in the UK Creative Industries sector with an annual value to the economy of £115.9bn. (Source: Department for Culture, Media & Sport). The UK Creative Sector is one of our most successful industries, not to mention a world leader. Our economy needs a new generation of creative, confident arts professionals to maintain and build on this success; it is our job, as arts educators, to nurture them. In 2020 the World Economic Forum identified ‘Critical Thinking’ and ‘Creativity’ as number 2 & 3 in their Top 10 Skills for employees to ‘thrive in the fourth Industrial Revolution’. In an increasingly automated economy, where mass unemployment is a real threat to future generations, art education develops creativity, empathy, and problem-solving skills. Jobs requiring these skills are more future proof (i.e., less likely to be overtaken by robots/computer systems.)
The Textile Design Learning Journey at South Shore Academy begins with the first step into Y7 Basic Skills and concludes with the submission of the Y11 GCSE Art & Design Textiles Portfolio. Textile projects build in difficulty and challenge as time progresses. We use AQA as the exam board for GCSE Art & Design Textiles. GCSE Textile Design projects are planned to fulfil all 4 x assessment objectives. Unit 1 Portfolio project themes are: Pop Art and a Mock Exam using the exam boards past exam papers. Projects contrast in theme and focus covering a variety of processes. The KS4 Textile Design curriculum transitions from Teacher led to pupils led over the 2-year course culminating in Y11 Textile Artists being able to function as (almost) independent Textile Artists towards the end of the course during Unit 2 Externally Set Task and Portfolio completion & improvement phase. The KS3 Textile Design Curriculum in each year begins with a Basic Skills recap SOL embedding and recalling previous knowledge taught and the other SOL are structured around these 3 SOL: Y7- Food & Sweets; Y8- African Textiles; Y9- Insects; projects are designed to meet the objectives of the KS3 Art National Curriculum. This offers a limitless range of starting points for textile design projects at all levels.