“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” Pablo Picasso
Art & Design provides children with the opportunity to express themselves imaginatively and creatively, in ways that are unique to us all. Art and design both reflect and shape our history and contribute to the culture and creativity of our community and the wider world.
At The Lea, we believe that taking part in exciting and creative projects contributes to the development of the whole child emotionally, socially and cognitively. Art and Design is taught as a discrete lesson, but we also provide opportunities within other subjects to share creative ideas. This enables children to learn the part that art plays in the lives of others; in history and different cultures and how it contributes to the creativity of our nation.
Our art curriculum engages, inspires and challenges pupils, equipping them with knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. As pupils progress, they develop the ability to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. Art fosters a sense of personal achievement, which we believe should be valued and celebrated through displays, special events and exhibitions. The acquisition of good basic art skills will encourage children to use their imaginations in ways that enrich their whole lives and certainly contribute to the children’s sense of belonging to our school.
Our Art curriculum develops creativity, sets challenges, engages and inspires children to equip them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design.
The curriculum has appropriate subject knowledge, skills and understanding to explore and investigate, create and evaluate artwork as set out in the National Curriculum. This will enable the children to reach and exceed their potential at The Lea Primary & Nursery School. It will develop children’s abilities and understanding of their own and others cultural heritages through studying a diverse range of male and female artists and designers throughout history. By teaching our children about great artists and artworks they can learn the visual language as well as applying their critical thinking skills. We encourage creativity in our children’s art books, which are designed to gather information, explore and develop skills and record responses. Our curriculum allows children to create artwork with a real purpose in terms of displaying and sharing the work they create and showcasing the skills and progress they have made.
Our long-term curriculum overview can be found on the link below. Please note that this is a working document and is under a state of constant review – this overview was accurate as of Autumn 2022.
Some examples of art from our school:-
The National Curriculum for art and design aims to ensure that all pupils:
- produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences
- become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques
- evaluate and analyse 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 of their art forms.