Art is a vital part of the curriculum as it provides a means of expression for all children.
It is a practical subject which stimulates creativity and imagination through the use of a wide range of materials. Art is very effective as a cross-curricular link, adding to children’s experiences and depth of understanding in other areas of their learning, from creating their own artwork and artefacts to the experience of museum and gallery trips.
Art and design supports children to:
Develop the skills, concepts and knowledge necessary for them to express their responses to ideas, feelings and experiences in a visual and tactile form;
Develop children’s understanding of colour, form, texture, pattern and their ability to use materials and processes to communicate ideas, feelings and meaning;
Be able to identify and appreciate the work of other artists which reflect diversity;
Develop skills in drawing, painting, sculpture and craft and design using a variety of materials, enabling them to become independent learners;
Develop children’s awareness that the process of creating art is equally as valuable as the finished product.