‘Art develops spiritual values and contributes a wider understanding to the experience of life, which helps to build a balanced personality’

Bridget Riley, painter.

‘Art and design is not just a subject to learn, but an activity that you can practice with your hands, your eyes, your whole personality’

Quentin Blake, Children’s Laureate

Rationale

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 environment through art and design activities.

They learn to make informed judgements and aesthetic and practical decisions. They explore ideas and meaning through the work of artists and designers, including current artist and fashion designers who visit the school on a regular basis. Through learning about the roles and functions of art, they explore the impact it has had on different times and cultures and contemporary life. The appreciations and enjoyment of the visual arts enriches all our lives at Woolston Brook School.

The aims of Art and Design at Woolston Brook School

  • All children, whatever their background and ability will have access to a varied range of high quality art experiences.
  • To provide an imaginative, innovative and coordinated art programme, which fosters a deep enthusiasm for art and design amongst the children.
  • To provide a broad arts provision which includes a programme of visits to galleries and museums.
  • To enable children to record from first-hand experience using observational drawing, photography and from their imagination to develop their ideas.
  • To improve the children’s ability to control materials, tools and techniques.
  • To increase their critical awareness of the roles and purposes of art and design in different times and cultures.
  • To develop increasing confidence in the use of visual and tactile materials.
  • To foster enjoyment and appreciation of all the visual arts and gain knowledge of artists, craftspeople and designers through links with the local and wider multicultural community.

 

Teaching and Learning

We use a variety of teaching and learning styles in art and design lessons. Our principal aim is to develop the children’s knowledge, skills and understanding in art and design. We ensure that the act of investigating and making something includes exploring and developing ideas, and evaluating and developing their work using the inspiration of others’. As an art department we do this through a mixture of whole class teaching and individual, and group activities. Teachers draw attention to good examples of individual performance as role-models for other pupils. The year 11 GCSE art exhibition is used in all key stages as inspiration to demonstrate what can be achieved, by learning the elements of art and experimenting with a wide range of media and techniques. We encourage children to evaluate their own ideas and developments and to say what they feel and think about them. The children are given opportunities in lessons to work on their own and collaborate with each other, on projects in 2D and 3D and on different scales. Children also have the opportunity to work on a wide range of materials and resources, including photography and digital manipulation.

At Woolston Brook School we recognise the fact that we have children of differing ability in all our classes and so we provide suitable learning opportunities by matching the challenge of the task to each individual. We achieve this through a range of strategies which are differentiated by task and build on the specific interests of each child.