Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. At Perry Hall Primary School we aim to 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.
The National Curriculum for art and design aims to ensure that all pupils:
By ensuring Art and Design is an integral part of school life and is interwoven within each termly expedition, we hope to allow creativity to flourish. Art and Design does not have to be isolated within one lesson but can be a means to access and discuss other topics through its various media. Each year we take part in The National Gallery’s ‘Take One Picture’ project in which the Gallery selects a painting to investigate and experiment with. This becomes a project for every class to interpret in their own way. It inspires projects in art and design, but also in English, science, history, computing, geography, and any other subject that the children find themselves delving into. This project puts Art and Design at the centre of their learning and experiences.
At Perry Hall we recognise the importance of celebrating Art and Design and regularly display children’s work. We have set up art exhibitions in the hall that showcase the talent across the school providing a platform for all children. This allows the children to discuss and share their art experiences with other year groups and instils a sense of confidence and pride in their work.
The best way to ensure we are inspiring and engaging pupils is to listen to what they want to do. We have set up an Arts Council that provides a platform for pupil voice. The children are growing in their understanding and enthusiasm and generating a real love for Art and Design.
“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist when we grow up.”