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Holtspur School

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Subject Lead: Mrs Heritage 

Uniqueness is part of Holtspur School’s values and we believe that Art and Design encourages children to develop their creativity, nurture their imagination and provide children with a variety of ways to express their thoughts, feelings and emotions. It also contributes significantly to their mental well-being.

At Holtspur, we believe that Art and Design education should develop children’s confidence by equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design.  As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design.  They should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.

Our pupils’ understanding of Art and Design is developed through knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the work of other artists past and present and from different cultures. Our children are encouraged to express their creative ideas in a secure and appreciative environment.  They are shown how to work with a range of materials and equipment and are taught various techniques in areas such as printing, painting and mark marking. Pupils also learn to appreciate works of art and use artistic language to describe paintings, sculptures and other artefacts. 

At Holtspur School, we hope to foster and continually grow a love of Art and Design as the children progress through the primary years, giving all of our pupils the opportunities and skills needed to develop their understanding and techniques.

Our Art and Design programme follows the 2014 National Curriculum. Lessons are always practical in nature and encourage experimental and exploratory learning. Children use sketchbooks to document their ideas and examine the key elements of line, colour, texture, shape, form, space, tone and pattern.  A wide range of mediums and materials are used including collage, textiles, painting, drawing, painting, sculpture and ICT. Children are supported in learning how to make their own creative choices and decisions so that their outcomes, whilst still being knowledge rich, are unique to the pupil and personal.

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