Art is linked to the other areas of the curriculum in the Prep School. It is used as a tool to extend the children’s learning. They can explore their own creativity and ideas in a practical way.
We aim to:
- Develop a child’s creativity and imagination through visual, tactile and direct experience.
- Allow the children to communicate their ideas, feelings and emotions using different materials and processes through an understanding of colour, form, texture and pattern.
- Explore the work of artists, craftspeople and designers to understand the use of art in society and culture.
- Provide the children with judgemental, aesthetic and a practical awareness of the ability to shape their environment.
The children are encouraged to be spontaneously creative, using a variety of media and techniques in art and craftwork. An awareness of colour, shape, balance, focus and proportion are developed alongside the use of symbols to convey ideas and feelings.
The curriculum is designed to give the children opportunities to learn how to use different materials and to explore different techniques to express their own ideas and imagination through drawing, paint, sculpture and modelling, textiles, mosaic, collage, pen and ink, pastels, batik, silk painting and printing.
We also run a variety of Art based clubs every week after school from Year 2 to Year 6 which allows further opportunity for the children to explore their ideas and perfect their techniques in a less formal environment. Further creative opportunities are provided by the highly popular textile, sewing, knitting, and ceramics clubs. We recognise that art can also be used as a tool for relaxation, and run a mindfulness colouring club to promote a relaxed, happy state of mind for the children.