At St. Gregory’s we believe that by providing a varied art curriculum, we can positively contribute to the quality of our children’s lives, both within and beyond school. We understand that the purpose of Art and Design education is to give our children skills and knowledge that enable them to express their responses verbally but also through ideas and experiences in a visual or tactile form.
As a school and, in accordance with the National Curriculum’s expectations, we aim to ensure that all pupils:
- Produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences.
- Become more proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques.
- Evaluate creative works using the language of art, craft and design.
- Know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development.
Class teachers are responsible for the teaching of art and design technology, which may, at times, be supplemented by professional artists/helpers.
Creative experiences contribute enormously to children’s development and well-being.
Motor Skills: Many of the motions involved in making art, such as holding a paintbrush or making marks with a crayon, are essential to the growth of fine motor skills in young children, developing the dexterity that all children will need for writing.
Language Development: Making art, or just talking about it, provides opportunities to practice and extend vocabulary. Children can use descriptive words to discuss their own creations or to talk about what feelings are elicited when they see different styles of artwork.
Decision Making: We believe that Art and Design education strengthens problem-solving and critical-thinking skills. The experience of making decisions and choices in the course of designing and creating art carries over into other parts of life.
Visual Learning: Drawing, sculpting, threading and connecting all develop visual-spatial skills, which are more important than ever. Even before children can read they are taking in visual information. This information consists of cues that we get from pictures or three-dimensional objects from digital media, books and television.
Inventiveness: When children are encouraged to express themselves and take risks in creating art, they develop a sense of innovation that will be important in their adult lives.
Cultural Awareness: As we live in an increasingly diverse society, the images of different groups in the media may also present mixed messages. Teaching children to recognise the choices that an artist or designer makes in portraying a subject helps them to understand the concept that what they see may be someone’s interpretation of reality.
Additional Art Curriculum Resources
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