The National Curriculum explains that ‘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.’ It aims to ensure that all pupils explore their own ideas to produce creative work and become proficient in a variety of art and design techniques including drawing, painting and sculpture. Children will be encouraged to evaluate and analyse both their own, and others’ creative work, using language associated with art and design. It is also important that all children are given opportunities to learn about different artists, craft makers and designers, and develop an understanding of the historical and cultural development of art.
At St Barnabas and St Paul’s school, we believe that creativity is a highly valuable skill that children will need in their future careers and throughout their lives. Therefore, we aim to make every art lesson as creative, exciting and inspiring as possible for all of our pupils. All children will be encouraged to make their own creative decisions, with increasing independence, using a range of art skills and techniques. The children will be introduced to these skills during high-quality art lessons, beginning in Reception, and then refine and develop them throughout each year group. Pupils will be given a wide range of opportunities to experiment with different materials and techniques, in addition to exploring and analysing different forms of art created by artists and designers from various cultures and time periods. They will be encouraged to research their own ideas and collect evidence of their inspirations in their sketchbooks, allowing them to take ownership of their artwork. All children will be challenged and supported by enthusiastic teachers, who regularly model their own creative processes, provide suggestions and demonstrate the importance of evaluating and refining their work. The children will also be given opportunities to present their artwork so that it can be celebrated by the whole school. This will ensure they are able to invent and design unique pieces of work which give them a sense of pride and satisfaction.
“Art is a place for children to learn to trust their ideas, themselves and to explore what is possible.” Maryann F. Kohl