Art contributes to children’s personal development in creativity, independence, judgement, critical thinking, and self-reflection. Moreover, it enables pupils to develop a natural sense of wonder and curiosity about the world around them. It is important to the development of pupils’ well-being, appreciation of the world and understanding and empathy of others. We aim to give all children the confidence to express themselves through a range of chosen mediums.
At Thoresby, our curriculum provides children with an opportunity to experience all art forms: drawing, painting, 3D designs and printmaking. Pupils are encouraged to experiment with a range of different materials and taught techniques that will bring their ideas to life. Opportunities to practise art and design techniques when using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space are embedded across the Art curriculum using individual sketchbooks.
We want our children to have an insight into how Art & Design has contributed to our culture and understanding of our history and the world through studying a diverse range of artists and designers. These artists have been carefully selected to represent the different nationalities within our school and to show our children that anybody can be an artist. It also considers different periods of history so that children can begin to notice the different eras of art. Children will be introduced to a range of works and develop knowledge of the styles and vocabulary used by famous artists. The children will have opportunities to take inspiration from these key artists and create their own artworks in their particular styles. Children have the opportunity within lessons to work on their own and collaborate with others, on projects in two and three dimensions and on different scales.