In the Prep school, we deliver a skills-based art curriculum. Our art lessons are linked where applicable to other areas of the curriculum. It is used as a tool to extend the children’s learning and 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 the following practical key skills: drawing, painting, sculpture, textiles, print and collage. The children also cover more theoretical aspects of art such as exploring and developing ideas and the work of other artists.
Throughout the year we aim to run a variety of art-based clubs every week after school, which allow further opportunity for the children to explore their ideas and perfect their techniques in a less formal environment. In the past these have included mindfulness colouring club, textiles and sewing and knitting club as well as ceramics club.