Art and Design
“Every child is an artist!’’ –Pablo Picasso
At Abingdon Primary School, we endeavour to give the children as many different experiences as possible. We liaise, when possible, with MIMA and Teesside University, and other outside agencies in order to give the children a good understanding of what art has to offer.
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 through different materials and processes.
- To enable children to record from first-hand experience, and imagination, and to select their own ideas to use in their work.
- To develop creativity and imagination through a range of complex activities.
- To communicate their ideas and feelings through a range of materials, tools and techniques.
- To increase knowledge and understanding of the role and purpose of art and design in different times and cultures.
- To provide children with visual, tactile and sensory experiences to develop and enhance their experiences of the world.
- To foster an enjoyment and appreciation of the visual arts and develop a knowledge of artists, craftspeople and designers.
- To develop increasing confidence to evaluate their work in order to develop future work.
- To develop their own self-confidence and self-esteem.
Teaching Art and Design
The children are taught to work with various media in order to develop their fine motor control, observational skills, appreciation of the use of colour, texture, line and form through the main areas of drawing, painting, 3D modelling, textiles and printmaking. The work of artists, designers and craftspeople, from other cultures and times, enables the children to look with interest and understanding at a variety of creative expression in 2D and 3D form.
Children are encouraged to build on their early childhood experiences of investigating objects around them and to explore how familiar things work. They are encouraged to think imaginatively and to talk about what they like and dislike when designing and making. Children plan what has to be done and identify what has worked well and what can be improved in their own and other people’s designs.
The children learn to make informed judgements and make aesthetic and practical decisions. Through learning about the roles and functions of art, they can explore the impact it has on contemporary life and that of different times and cultures.
‘’To practice any art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow. So do it!’’
– Kurt Vonnegut
Click HERE to view the Art and Design skills progression