“Do the best you can and never stop,” Stephen Wiltshire
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. As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation (National Curriculum).
At St Thomas’ Federation we believe that Art and Design is an integral part of a broad, balanced and inspiring curriculum. Art allows children to develop their imagination and creativity. It provides our children with opportunities to learn and extend skills while expressing their individual interests, thoughts and ideas using a range of media. Children experiment with the use of colour, texture, form, line, shape, pattern and different materials.
The children learn to improve their mastery of Art and Design techniques by learning specific drawing, painting, printing and sculpture techniques. They record their observations and ideas and use them to review and evaluate improvements. They develop their observational skills through art and design, which helps them become better observers of the world around them. Art also encourages expression and visual thinking, which in turn helps children learn other subjects.
Children will be exposed to a variety of different artistic styles and techniques that encompass the work of artists from all over the world and from different periods of history. They will learn about many artists from Chris Ofili and Claude Monet to Yayoi Kusama.
“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