The aim of the Art curriculum at St Andrew’s is to introduce the children to the work of different artists, sculptors and architects and encourage ‘intelligent looking and critical thinking’, to develop specific skills to improve their mastery of art and design techniques and to enable them to reflect on their work and the work of others to identify how to improve. The children are taught how to use sketchbooks effectively to design and develop their ideas and as they move through the Key Stages they are given opportunities to experiment with a wide range of materials and techniques.
We believe in making Art come to life so each year we invite a different artist or craft maker to work with a focus group on a specific technique. In March Year 6 were privileged to be taught Life drawing by tutors from the Royal academy and in June Reception ‘jumped into’ the seaside picture with local artist, Mary Hainline, to create a seaside frieze. We are grateful to Claremont NADFAS for their generous sponsorship of these projects.
The high standard of the Art work on display in the corridors from our termly ‘Whole School Projects’ reflects the school’s commitment to importance of Art in the curriculum.