Art and Design
Every week, lessons full of creativity, challenge and inquisitive excitement are looked forward to by all pupils and staff. From the beginning of Reception, each child has a 70 minute lesson once a week and there are many extra opportunities for them to spend time in the art studios throughout the school to continue their work or individual projects.
Projects from technical, observational drawing to modelling clay are approached with awe as children realise that simple tricks can create wonderful illusions. While art can be a daunting subject that people used to be considered ‘good’ or ‘not’, we hope to fill every child with a sense of achievement and confidence as we teach them that art is everywhere and in everything. If they can form the alphabet, they can draw. If they would like to progress their drawing skills, like handwriting, they have to practise.
Each year group cover many areas of skill in art and design including drawing, painting, sculpture, clay, printing and set design. Some year groups also try projects in animation, textiles and woodwork.
A highlight of the year is each year’s set design project. For Reception, they learn about different illustrators before drawing their own ideal of what Bethlehem looked like, then they paint the set on an enlarged child’s drawing. They learn about the fact that stars are balls of burning gas and the sun is our closest star so that they can draw their own star as a big ball of gas with bright shoots coming out of them. Throughout the school, the whole production is their own collaborative project.
We hold collaborative exhibitions of the pupils’ work. One project, ‘Making A Mark’, was to show every child’s sketch book and culminated in 450 books being splattered with paint and ink in the playground before being hung inside in a colourful, interactive display. While the most recent project, ‘Our Plastic Pond’, involved pupils collecting single use plastic and making sculptures as a class to create a whole school under the sea theme in the art studio. Each exhibition was a chance for every child to feel part of a huge installation of art.
'Imagination is more important than knowledge.' - Albert Einstein