Children need to have opportunities to develop their creative imagination, Art and Design stimulates creativity and imagination. Art and design provides visual, tactile and sensory experiences. It enables children to communicate what they see, feel and think through the use of colour, texture, form, pattern and different materials and processes.
Children become involved in shaping their environments through art and design activities. They learn to make informed judgements and aesthetic and practical decisions. They explore ideas and meanings through the work of artists and designers. Through learning about the roles and functions of art, they can explore the impact it has had on contemporary life and that of different times and cultures. The appreciation and enjoyment of the visual arts enriches all our lives.
At all times we aim to provide a rich environment in which we encourage and value creativity. Our children experience a wide range of activities that they respond to, using the various senses. Children use a range of tools, media and explore the work of artists and designers. In doing so they begin to appreciate the different forms art can take and the function art has on contemporary life and that of different times and cultures.
We enrich the teaching of Art through visiting artists both from our local community and beyond, gallery trips, and opportunities to work collaboratively with professionals working across various media. For a number of years we have taken part in the Tate Gallery ‘Take One Picture’ event. During this special focus week, we use a painting as the starting point and stimulus for all our curriculum work. We then hold a special gallery for the parents so they can see all the amazing art work and other curriculum work we have completed.
We welcome any parent support and involvement in our art work in school. Please let us know if you would like to come in and help!