Art & Design
‘Every human is an artist.’ Don Miguel Ruiz
At Lamberhurst St Mary’s we are passionate about our role as teachers to encourage a love of art and foster our children’s individual creative journey. We want all our children to know that they are artists, craft makers and designers!
Using a sequenced curriculum plan, supported by expert resources from Access Art and Kapow, we develop skills and knowledge through opportunities for repeated practice alongside new projects in drawing, painting, printmaking and sculpting. Our aim is for our children to develop their critical and creative skills and build their knowledge and understanding of materials and techniques so that they can feel confident to explore and take risks to develop their own authentic art.
We want our children to be inspired and challenged by a broad, rich and diverse curriculum while ensuring that it is inclusive and accessible to every child. This enhancement of their curriculum learning also supports their cultural capital, whatever their background, ability or previous experiences.
From Reception to Year 6, our children are introduced to a variety of artists and designers and are encouraged to respond in discussion and visually. From Year 1, all pupils have a sketchbook in which they record their responses to artists, make notes of new vocabulary, experiment with line, colour and techniques and develop ideas through to a finished artwork. We place great value in the uniqueness of the work they produce.
Art projects are taught in Term 1, 3 and 5 and the children are given opportunities to further develop their art skills in other subject areas and sketchbook work.
‘Children see before they speak, make marks before they write, build before they walk. But their ability to appreciate and interpret what they observe, communicate what they think and feel, or make what they imagine and invent, is influenced by the quality of their art, craft and design education’ – Ofsted 2012