At St. Mary’s we value, and are dedicated to, the teaching and learning of all aspects regarding Art and Design Technology; we see this as a fundamental part of school life. We believe that by providing an ‘Arts Rich Curriculum’ we can 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 pupils the skills, concepts and knowledge necessary for them to express their responses to ideas and experiences in a visual or tactile form; the appreciation and enjoyment of the visual arts enriches all our lives.
As a school and, in accordance with the National Curriculum’s expectations, we aim to ensure that all pupils:
Class teachers are responsible for the teaching of art and design technology, which may, at times, be supplemented by professional artists/helpers. We take every opportunity to develop links with outside agencies and experts, including a focus on our local area tradition of ceramic design / potter in order to enrich our Art and Design provision.
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.