At All Saints Primary School, we want to equip children with the skills and techniques they need to be able to express their responses to ideas, as well as themselves, via a visual or tactile form. We believe that art stimulates creativity and imagination and plays a vital part in us providing a broad and balanced curriculum. We believe that children should be provided with a creative and safe space to explore and develop their artistic skills, which will therefore increase their confidence, perseverance and understanding of others.
“I found I could say things with colour and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way – things I had no words for.” – Georgia O’Keeffe (Artist).
Art allows children to communicate what they see, feel and think through the use of drawing, painting, print making and 3D design. Within this they will think about the use of colour, texture, form patterns and use different materials and processes. Children will then be able to see their work being celebrated via displays and creating an engaging environment for all areas of their learning.
Art does not need to be taught in isolation and can be a great way to bring creativity and imagination to other areas of learning, as well as increasing children’s cultural capital, whilst still focusing on developing the children’s artistic skills.
It is important that children are also aware of the work famous artists so that they can develop their knowledge of different styles, techniques and art forms. Within this, children will express their opinions of the artist’s work and respond to their work in a creative way. This will not be by replicating the work of artists but rather by children taking inspiration from the artist and applying this to their own artwork.