Art, craft and design embody 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. Pupils should produce creative work, explore ideas and record their experiences; become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques; evaluate and analyse; know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms. Pupils should be taught to use a range of materials; to develop and share ideas; to develop a wide range of techniques, using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space; about the work of a range of artists. Pupils should be taught to create sketchbooks; to improve mastery of techniques; about great artists, architects and designers in history.
At Dr South’s we believe that an understanding of and proficiency with art, craft and design are essential for a rounded fulfilled life. Aspects of art have shaped our nation over the centuries, and an appreciation of this leads to a rich and thoughtful understanding of the world.
Children receive art and design in blocked sessions, all afternoon, every afternoon for a week at a time, usually six times during the year. These sessions are led by an art specialist. Children are taught from the very beginning how to use materials effectively (ie shading, hatching, blending). They use pencil, pastel, watercolour, chalk, clay, fabric, photographs, mosaics and charcoal.
The children also learn about great artists and architects through other topics (eg Monet, da Vinci, Brunel). They also study great works of art during assembly, looking at how paintings can enrich our understanding of great faith stories. At times during the year, the children prepare artefacts for use in church services and other worship times.