At Hunts Cross Primary School, we value Art and Design as an important part of the children’s entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum.
Our Art and Design curriculum engages, inspires and challenges pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art. As pupils progress on their artistic learning journey, they are taught to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of Art and Design and the influence it has on us and the world around them. They are taught how Art and Design both reflects and shapes our history and culture. They do this by studying male and female artists from around the world, but also local artists and local architecture, taking advantage of our city, which has a wealth of cultural experiences including the Tate and Walker Art Galleries.
The children will develop their understanding of the visual language of Art through studying different media within the various disciplines of Art (drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, collage, textile and digital design). They will achieve this through effective teaching and considered sequences of lessons and experiences. They will also develop an understanding of the visual elements of Art and Design (line, tone, texture, colour, pattern, shape, 3D form) as we provide a curriculum which enables our children to reach their full potential.
We see Art and Design as a means to support learning in a range of ways. The skills that are developed in these subjects can be transferred across the curriculum and thus support and enhance learning.
As Pablo Picasso famously said “All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” We aim to engage our children and show them like all other lessons, Art is not just a natural flair, it is a set of knowledge and skills that can be developed within a supportive environment and a positive ‘can do’ ethos.