The children are given opportunities to explore and experiment with a variety of media, which are fundamental to the development of a child. Children are made to feel confident to paint, draw, print, make patterns, and create models and collage. They are also encouraged to consider colour, shape and form. The children are working towards Key stage 1.
The teaching stimulates the imagination, and encourages each child to express their individual ideas in their unique way.
Key Stage 1
Art and design provides children with the opportunity to develop their creativity and imagination. In Pre-Prep 1, they are able to explore the visual, tactile and sensory qualities of materials and processes, developing an understanding of how to use colour, shape and space, and pattern and texture to represent their own ideas and feelings.
In Pre-Prep 2 they are able to build on their explorations of the virtual, tactile and sensory qualities of materials and processes. These children will be given the opportunity to use viewfinders, develop collage ideas and to use buildings as a starting point for their art work.
Key Stage 2
Art and design provides the children with the opportunity to improve their control of materials, tools and techniques and become more confident in using visual and tactile elements, materials and processes to communicate what they see, think and feel. It also gives them the opportunity to increase their critical awareness of the roles and purposes of art in different times and cultures by commenting on works and asking questions like: ‘What is this work about?’ and ‘Why was it made?’ In Key Stage 2, art and design is about developing children’s creativity and imagination by building on their knowledge, skills and understanding of materials processes through providing more complex activities. Children’s experiences help them to develop their understanding of the diverse roles and functions of art and design in their locality and in the wider world.
In Prep 1, the children are able to explore different ideas about portraits, use stenciling and print making techniques to create a printed pattern and learn how to use materials and techniques to create a maquette.
In Prep 2, the children will have the opportunity to work with sketchbooks, viewfinders and materials for printing, and to construct models of chairs. They will explore ideas associated with journeys and learn how to communicate ideas through their mixed-media work.
In Prep 3, the children will have the opportunity to cover work with sketch books, viewfinders, still-life painting, three-dimensional work and textiles.
In Prep 4, the children will have the opportunity to learn how to convey movement in their work, use textiles to create head wear and costumes from different times and cultures, and explore rural and/or urban landscape as a starting point for two-dimensional work.