Art and Design
‘Art is not just a statement you can learn but an activity that we can practise with your hands, your eyes, your whole personality’
At St. Martins we believe that art is a vehicle through which all children can express themselves. We are committed to providing all children with learning opportunities that broaden their horizons and stimulate their creativity, imagination and inventiveness. We are passionate about enabling children to have the confidence and skills to express themselves and their ideas. Children will have access to a rich, diverse, broad curriculum that recognises the talent of each individual.
Our art curriculum is designed to build on previous learning and enable children to make connections between the work of different artists, architects and designers and to show this in their own work. As children move through school, they have the opportunity to select and use appropriate tools and mediums, practising their skills throughout different year groups, giving children the confidence and independence to develop in art.
The overall curriculum provides gradual progress in terms of skills divided into painting, drawing, 3D form, collage, textiles, print making and mixed media, allowing children to be introduced to a diverse range of materials.
Units of work focus on the different concepts in art and different types of art (line, shape, colour, tone, form, space, visual texture and tone) and how an artist combines and produces art in different styles.
Through the art curriculum at St. Martins, our children will know that they are entering a diverse world and that they can add to that diversity with their own creative thoughts and passions. They will know that art and creativity can be an invaluable tool to promote wellness and positive mental health as they face the rigors of the world in which we live.
Our art curriculum progression of skills and overview can be found below: