At St Helen’s, we value Art as an important part of a broad and balanced curriculum. We inspire, nurture and build children’s confidence in creating art. Art is a place for self-exploration and freedom of expression. It promotes curiosity and allows children to develop their imagination and creativity, giving them skills to record and evaluate ideas.
Children are encouraged to explore, use their imagination and express their creativity through a range of topics which inspire and motivate them to unleash their creative potential. Art allows the mind to relax and artistic work is essential to creating a positive mindset. By creating and taking great pride in the work they produce, children enhance their mental wellbeing; they are the artists working on their individual canvas inspired by their own life experiences.
Art is embedded throughout our whole school curriculum. The teaching of art ensures progression of skills and follows a sequence to build on previous learning. Children will become more confident using a variety of techniques including drawing, painting and collage. Children have opportunities to explore ideas, record experiences and evaluate their own work, as well as the work of others, including famous artists. Children are enabled to communicate what they see, feel and think through the use of colour, texture, form and pattern. Most importantly, we want children to find and enjoy a creative outlet – a means of self-expression and enjoyment.