Art and Design

“Every child is an artist. The problem is to remain an artist when they grow up.” ~ Pablo Picasso

Art is a way for children to question and understand the world around them. It gives them a chance to explore what they see, hear, feel and think.

At Radstock we aim to give them the opportunities to discover different forms of Art and Design, experimenting and creating in their own ways, inspired by many different artists and designers. Throughout their time in school, the children will work with different media with the aim that they will find their own style and an enjoyment in creativity.

Our creative lessons are linked to our Learning Projects and enable us to give the children a variety of opportunities to express their understanding of the overarching topics we are learning about. They will be taught the skills to be able to use different media to create paintings, collage, sculpture and drawings. They will work in both 2D and 3D on both small and large scale. We work both inside and outside, using our incredible outdoor environment as both a canvas and a stimulus.

Art is an important part of life at Radstock and children’s work is celebrated through displays around the school as well as through Twitter and Class Dojo. The children are encouraged to critique and evaluate work, whether it be looking at Georges Seurat’s pointillism in Foundation Stage, Andy Goldsworthy’s sculptures in KS1, Graffiti by Lady Pink in KS2 or their own and their peers’ artwork. Self-evaluation is an important skill in learning to be resilient and achieve their own goals, whether that be in art and design or any other aspect of their life.

Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. A high-quality art and design education should 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. – National Curriculum 2014.

Curriculum Leader: Mrs Prowse