At Fleet, we believe in a high quality Art and Design programme that stimulates and challenges the children’s creative skills. Art and Design provides important visual, tactile and sensory experiences as well as a unique way of understanding and responding to the world. We aim to provide the skills and knowledge to enable children to make their own art as well as learning about great artists, architects and designers in history. Art and Design is also used it as a positive vehicle for self-expression, creativity and imagination.
Children in the Early Years are given ample opportunities to draw, paint and make, both of their own accord and through exciting adult lead activities. They are encouraged to explore what happens when they mix colours and experiment with textures, media and materials. At Fleet, we believe expressive Art and Design can be used powerfully as a cross curricular tool as it encourages talking, exploring, problem-solving and mark making.
Art and Design is taught weekly throughout Key Stage 1 and 2 and links to class topics. Over the course of each year, three major art making techniques are taught. Every unit of work begins with drawing skills and this then leads into the art making process. The use of our artist models and other visual stimulus supports the children in their learning. The children use a range of materials to draw, paint, sculpt and print as well as many other exciting techniques.
In Key Stage 2, sketch books are introduced and used as a method of recording.