Art and Design
“Art evokes the mystery without which the world would not exist.”
Art and design stimulates creativity and imagination. It provides visual, tactile and sensory experiences, and a unique way of understanding and responding to the world. Art enables children to communicate what they see, feel and think, through the use of colour, texture, form, pattern, different materials and processes. Children become involved in shaping their environments through art and design activities. They learn to make informed judgements, and aesthetic and practical decisions. They explore ideas and meanings through the work of artists and designers. Through learning about the roles and functions of art, they can explore the impact it has had on contemporary life and on different periods and cultures. The appreciation and enjoyment of the visual arts enriches all our lives.
Art and design embodies 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.
At St Gregory’s we are guided by the national curriculum to provide a broad and balanced curriculum. We believe that teaching art is important because it stimulates creativity, imagination and inventiveness. Children express their ideas using drawing, painting and sculpture in response to experiences including, workshops, visits, research and using other subjects within the curriculum. As their skills develop, children also learn to communicate their thought processes in a sketchbook and into a final piece. Children are exposed to a variety of techniques and are guided to improve, refine and reflect on these. Through research, children explore the works of many great artists to take inspiration from, learn how art is contextual and to see how it has its own place in history.
Our children say:
Art helps us to see the world through a creative lens, we can turn simple shapes into something exciting. Art is unique because we all see the world in a different way, it helps our imagination to grow and sparks our creativity. To us art is inspiring and without it the world wouldn’t be a better place.
Celebrating the Coronation of King Charles III through our shared values
As King Charles has always been passionate about raising awareness of climate change, each class designed and painted a bottle kiln with their vision for our climate, linking the heritage of Stoke-on-Trent to our future.
Year 2 Painting the Great Fire of London
Year 2 have enjoyed creating paintings based on the Great Fire of London inspired by Ron Embleton. They have been developing their use of colour through colour mixing and experimenting with blending.