Art should enable the children to communicate what they see, feel and think. Children should experiment with their ideas, their use of colour, texture, form, pattern and different materials and processes. Self-evaluation of work is encouraged and children are taught how to be resilient to achieve their goals. The teaching of Art is used as a way of encouraging the children to look closely and deeply at what they see. We encourage them to ask questions about and to be visual explorers of the world around them.
At Holy Family, art is not just taught in a designated Art lesson, but wherever appropriate, it is linked to topics and the wider curriculum as this gives children the opportunities to bring a topic to life. We aim to link our wider curriculum to bring in a love of art, and create whole school displays. Children also explore ideas and meanings through the work of artists and designers. Where appropriate, we invite specialist artists in to work with the children, to inspire them and challenge their thinking and creativity.
We give children the opportunities to visit the local area, museums and galleries, forests, mines, beaches and the wider natural landscape to further develop their skills of observation and evaluation. We also celebrate and recognise the work children bring into school from home.
We use sketchbooks to record experience and imagination, to help the children develop their ideas and to show progression in their artistic ability. We encourage children to work on their own and collaborating with others on projects in two and three dimensions and on small and large scales.