The National Curriculum Purpose of study for Art and Design states that:
“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.”
Art and Design education supports young people to develop transferable skills, improve overall academic success, boost self-confidence and develop an attitude of questioning. As children learn to observe the world around them more closely, so that world then invites them in, offering new experiences and opportunities, and providing differing perspectives.
The National Curriculum 2014 for Art & 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
- 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.
Our Vision for Art & Design
At Sedlescombe Church of England Primary School, we regard Art & Design as an important subject because:
- Artistic creation can provide fulfilment throughout life.
- Artistic observation can heighten perceptions.
- Art can contribute to cultural understanding.
it is our vision that Art & Design will be an inspiring, relevant and inclusive subject that supports children to develop our key learning behaviours and skills for life.
Art & Design aims to encourage aspirational learning by providing every child with the opportunity to be inspired by, and achieve success through the arts. Children will be supported to find enjoyment in art and creativity, and to discover a sense of purpose and fulfilment in artistic expression. This will support children to develop an understanding of the role of the arts in society, including as a career.
Art & Design will foster creativity by ensuring all children experience the richness of a broad art curriculum. Throughout their school career, children will be consistently provided with quality opportunities to appreciate a wide range of artists and art works, and to experiment with a range of media in a range of contexts.
Through Art & Design, children will be given opportunities to develop their curiosity by engaging with a variety of art forms, and through exploring values, attitudes, feelings and meanings.
Children will develop an understanding of the artistic process and a wider interpretation of ‘Art’ as a subject which represents more than the traditional artistic talents of drawing/ painting etc. Children will be supported to develop positive self-image and confidence. They will develop a range of transferable skills, including the creative use of imagination and considered risk taking.
Through Art & Design, children will be provided with opportunities to work independently and in teams, to share arts experiences and present artworks to others. Children will learn to value and respect their work and the work of others. They will be exposed to art works from different places, cultures, and periods in history.
Art & Design will support children to develop their observational and description skills, and to express their ideas and feelings through creative work. Children will learn to use a range of materials and techniques competently and will be encouraged to take active and independent involvement in all opportunities.