We are passionate about art as the means to express ideas through creative and exciting processes. As the children’s visual and intellectual curiosity develops with their increasing experience, they become creatively aware and excited about the world around them.
The children explore and experiment with a broad range of art techniques and materials to create both two and three dimensional work. We show them how to appreciate and apply the formal elements of art (line, shape, form, tone, texture, pattern, colour and composition) through the use of a range of different media including chalk and charcoal, oil, pastels, watercolour, acrylics, pens and pencils, to produce highly individual and personal responses to a given theme.
We introduce the children to different artists, art cultures and movements. It is especially delightful to see them producing work in the style of different artists, such as Matisse or Picasso. We arrange visits and exhibitions by working artists, who come to discuss their work. We help to develop the children’s artistic vocabulary, and to broaden their approach and ambition.
At the end of Year 6 we discuss with children demonstrating a particular flair for or interest in art the possibility of pursuing an art scholarship. If that is what they wish to do, we have a structured programme which commences with an initial research project over the summer holidays and runs through Years 7 and 8. The children pursuing this path demonstrate their commitment to it by tackling some of the work required in their own time.
It is, of course, not uncommon to see children’s artwork displayed in a school. We do, however, find that parents are genuinely taken aback by the range and quality of the artwork which we are able to display in the foyer of our theatre
Bev Stokes, Head of Art