'Art is a place for children to trust their ideas, themselves and to explore what is possible' Maryann F Kohl (author of many books on art activities for children.)
Why teach art?
Studying art enables children to expand their knowledge and understanding of many aspects of our world, beyond their own personal experience. It can give them a means of communication and expression, a sense of purpose and self-confidence and an appreciation of their own and others' work.
How do we teach art?
Through discrete lessons or cross-curricular activities, children are given opportunities to experiment, explore and record. They will draw, paint, sculpt, collage, print, make models, dye and use a wide of materials. They will be taught subject specific skills such as the use and effect of line. tone, texture, pattern and contrast as well as being able to express themselves freely.
Our children as artists will represent their explorations of the local area, collaborate on whole school projects and work from famous artists' work as well as work alongside local artists.
The use of sketchbooks will be a constant resource and enable each child to improve on skills and techniques taught in previous years.
What difference does learning about art make?
Children acquire a bank of increasingly sophisticated techniques, practices and disciplines necessary for a lifetime's worth of creativity. Art can also be used as a conduit to help children move forward with all aspects of their learning.
- produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences.
- become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques.
- evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design.
- know about great artists, craft makers and designers and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.