“Art has the power to transform, to illuminate, to educate, inspire and motivate”
At St Joseph’s we believe that children should be allowed to express themselves creatively through their art work. We strive to create an engaging, inspiring and challenging art and design curriculum that helps the children learn and develop their knowledge and skills in a fun and creative environment.
“Creativity is intelligence having fun.”
Art and Design is an important part of the broad and balanced curriculum that provides the children with the opportunity to take part in a range of artistic activities that develop and extend their skills using a range of media and materials. Children will learn the skills of drawing, painting, printing, textiles, collage, 3D work and digital art and have the opportunity to explore and express a range of creative ideas. We inspire the children by introducing them to a range of famous artists and develop their knowledge and understanding of their styles. They will be able to think critically and evaluate pieces of artwork. All children from Year 1 to Year 6 have a sketchbook that follows them through the school and allows them to see the progression in skills they have learnt.
“A picture is a poem without words”
The teaching and application of Art and Design curriculum at St Joseph’s is based on the National Curriculum and supported by the Learning Challenge scheme of work. Children are taught Art and Design as part of their termly topic work and it is closely linked wherever possible to either English or one of the foundation subject topics eg. History, Geography or Science. The knowledge and skills that children develop through each topic are mapped out for each year group and ensure they show progression. The focus on knowledge ensures children learn about different artists/crafts people or designers and the context of their art work. The skills allow the children the opportunity to use their creativity and imagination by developing their drawing, painting, printing, collage, textiles, sculpture and use of media.
In the Summer term we have a Creative Arts week where the children focus on shorter art activities that are not based on the class curriculum. In previous years, the whole school focuses on a particular artist, painting or theme eg nature. This gives the children the opportunity to extend their skills and try a range of different activities. The children really enjoy this week and produce some amazing pieces of art!
Every child is an artist waiting to be discovered and produce a masterpiece. Our aim is to give children a range of experiences to find their strengths and above all enjoy art, design and technology.
Mrs D Miscia