'Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. A high-quality art and design education should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design.'
At Our Lady and Saint Anselm’s RC Primary School, we believe that high-quality Art lessons will inspire children to think innovatively, develop their curiosity and nurture their creativity. Our Art and Design curriculum provides children with opportunities to develop their skills using a range of media and materials. Children learn the skills of drawing, painting, printing, collage, textiles, 3D work and digital art and are given the opportunity to explore and evaluate different creative ideas. Children will be introduced to a range of works and develop knowledge of the styles and vocabulary used by a range of famous artists, where possible linking this learning to the local area.
In Art, children are expected to be reflective and evaluate their work, and that of their peers, thinking about possible changes and improvements. This should be meaningful and continuous throughout the process, with evidence of age-related verbal and written refection. Children are encouraged to take risks, experiment and then reflect on why some ideas and techniques are more successful than others.
By teaching art and design, we aim to help pupils to develop their design and making skills, use a wide range of tools and materials, learn about working safely and using protective measures, work individually and collaborate with other pupils in a variety of contexts and explore the man-made world and encourage discussion of how we live and work within it. Additionally, we believe that art and design supports children to become creative thinkers and learners; exploring their ideas and recording their experiences, learn how to draw, paint, sculpture and create art and evaluate their work and the work of their peers, as well as other artists.
With this in mind, Our Lady and St Anselm's aims to give every child the opportunity to explore their own creativity and imagination through the coverage of a wide range of art and design skills, such as drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques across Key Stage One and Key Stage Two.
Mrs Whittaker is our Art and Design subject leader. She believes that through the practical and creative aspects that art and design activities offer, children are able to express themselves as an individual whilst developing their spiritual, social, moral and cultural understanding.
During the year, the children in both Key Stage One and Key Stage Two are offered the opportunity to join our after-school art club, allowing the children time to come together and enjoy creative freedom by experimenting with a wide range of media and techniques.