Art in our school makes a major contribution to the emotional and creative development of our pupils. We aim to encourage children to question, reflect and become inspired through studying the works of artists, craft workers and designers from a range of cultures and contexts, time and places. Through their practical experiences with a variety of media, the children at Clatford will be developing their creative and aesthetic skills. We aim to encourage the children to take a pride in their own achievements and to respect their own and others’ work. By looking at the work of other artists, children will be helped to understand that there is no “correct model” and that art is a response to the world around us.
We believe that combining the work of children and established artists to provide a colourful and stimulating environment throughout the school is a way to prove that everyone has skills that they should be proud of. Teachers encourage pupils’ development of creative, imaginative and practical skills through a balanced programme of art, craft and design activities, working individually, in groups and as a whole class. Pupil’s understanding of how ideas and feelings can be communicated is developed through visual, and sometimes tactile experiences. Throughout Key Stage 2, the children own their own sketch books which follow them through the years, giving them the opportunity to produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences.