Art and Design stimulates creativity and imagination. It provides visual, tactile and sensory experiences and a special way of understanding and responding to the world. It enables children to communicate what they see, feel and think through the use of colour, texture, form, pattern and 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 that of different times and cultures. The appreciation and enjoyment of the visual arts enriches all our lives.
At all times we aim to provide a rich environment in which we encourage and value creativity. Our children experience a wide range of activities that they respond to, using the various senses. We enrich the teaching of Art through visiting artists both from our local community and beyond, gallery trips, and opportunities to work collaboratively with professionals working across various media.
In this academic year, 2014-2015, we have a focus on Expressive Arts and enriching opportunities within art in particular. We are enjoying visits and visitors supporting the development of artistic experiences, for example WOMAD, and are enjoying a focus on developing art skills within our classrooms, thereby empowering our children with lifelong skills and developing their ability to express themselves creatively.
We value creativity as an important way of developing confident and enthusiastic life-long learners. As a school community, we celebrate the artistic achievements of all our pupils. We hold an annual art celebration – The Helen Craine Art Award, supported by a local Trust which further promotes art and forms another lovely link to our community and local artists.
In our extra-curricular provision, children have the opportunity to take part in painting, sewing and knitting after-school clubs. We also provide enrichment opportunities for some of our children, working and learning alongside visitors and local enthusiasts, eg glass making and Colerne’s Crazy Quilters.
If you have a passion or interest in art and design and would like to share this with the children then we would love to hear from you; speak to Rob Parsons or contact the office to arrange a chat, thank you.