At Evendons Primary School we believe that art stimulates creativity, imagination and inventiveness. We believe that art gives our pupils the skills, concepts and knowledge necessary for them to express responses to ideas and experiences. It fires their imagination.
“Art is not just a subject to learn, but an activity that you can practise with your hands, your eyes, your whole personality.” Quentin Blake
Art should enable the children to communicate what they see, feel and think. Children should experiment with their ideas, their use of colour, texture, form, pattern and different materials and processes. Self evaluation of work is encouraged and children are taught how to be resilience to achieve their goals.
The natural environment is our biggest stimuli at Evendons Primary School. The children are often taken outside to draw in the natural light, in the woods and under the trees in our wonderful grounds. Every classroom has an observation table, where different interesting and unusual real life
objects are placed as a way of encouraging the children to look closely and deeply at what they see. We encourage them to ask questions about what they see and be explorers of the world around them.
We use sketchbooks to record experience and imagination, to help the children develop their ideas and to show progression in their artistic ability. We encourage children to work on their own and collaborating with others on projects in two and three dimensions and on small and large scales.
As a STEM School we recognise the importance of the children learning art skills linked to ICT. Opportunities are created for the children to develop their use of a range of tools, media and processes through ICT. Children are encourage to use their chromebooks and class Smartboards to explore artwork and use a range of drawing software to create their own artwork.
At Evendons Primary School, art is not taught just taught in a designated Art lesson, but wherever appropriate it is linked to topics and the wider curriculum and as it gives children the opportunities to bring a topics to life. We use our special whole school curriculum days to bring in a love of art, and create whole school displays. Children also explore ideas and meanings through the work of artists and designers. We invite specialist artists in to work with the children, to inspire them and challenge their thinking and creativity. We give children the opportunities to visit museums and galleries, developing their skills of observation and evaluation. We also celebrate and recognise the work children bring into school from home.