As a Federation we nurture creativity, imagination, and inventiveness. We believe that art gives our pupils the skills, concepts, and knowledge necessary for them to express responses to ideas and experiences. It fires their imagination and is for everyone!
“Art is not just a subject to learn, but an activity that you can practise with your hands, your eyes, your whole personality.” Quentin Blake
Art should enable the children to communicate what they see, feel and think being honest with your own opinions. Children should experiment with their ideas, their use of colour, texture, form, pattern and different materials and processes. Self-evaluation of work is encouraged, and children are taught how to be resilience to achieve their goals.
We research a variety of Artists, styles and skills to expose our children to the rich culture of the art world, to use inspiration to then develop our own ideas and thoughts. We introduce art language and engage the children in the process artists take to develop and evolve into critical thinkers.
We use sketchbooks to record experience and imagination, to help the children develop their ideas and to show progression in their artistic ability. We encourage children to work on their own and collaborating with others on projects in two and three dimensions and on small and large scales to develop their own levels of success.
Art is not taught just taught in a designated Art lesson, but wherever appropriate it is linked to topics and the wider curriculum and as it gives children the opportunities to bring a topic to life. We use our special whole school curriculum days to bring in a love of art and create whole school displays. Children also explore ideas and meanings through the work of artists and designers. We invite specialist artists in to work with the children, to inspire them and challenge their thinking and creativity. We give children the opportunities to visit museums and galleries, developing their skills of observation and evaluation.
We also develop our children concept of where art fits in the world and how it plays an important part of the future. Our Golden Threads of being worldly wise and aspirations run clearly through our cohesive, progressive Art curriculum.