Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity.
At Brabourne CEP School, we value Art and Design as an integral part of the children’s entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum. Art and Design provides the children with the opportunities to develop and extend skills and an opportunity to express their individual interests, thought and ideas. A high-quality art and design education should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, 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. They should explore different media, artists, designers and the language around art and DT. We experiment with the use of colour, texture, form, line, shape, patters and different materials. We aim to enable our pupils to use art to communicate what they see, feel and think.
In line with the National Curriculum, the principal aims of Art/DT at Brabourne are for all pupils to:
- Produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences
- Become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques
- Evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design
- Know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.
Cultural Capital in Art
We build the Cultural Capital of our pupils by providing them with a means to engage in and understand the world around them and their relationship with it. Embedded in our curriculum is the exploration of the work of artists that represent a range of styles, skills and ideologies. Cultural awareness is developed through creating, investigating, making and doing. This journey gives our students a voice with which to express their thoughts, feelings about and responses to the world around them.
At Brabourne, it is essential that children are able to experience high quality Art and Design experiences and they can answer some fundamental questions about artists, diverse cultures and how the arts can be aesthetically pleasing. The following principles are used to create beauty: balance, emphasis, rhythm, proportion, pattern, unity and contrast. Along with the visual elements: colour, line, shape, value, texture. A sense of awe and wonder is developed through discovery of the processes that the Arts create. The Arts raise many social and moral questions. Through the Arts teaching, children have the opportunity to discuss choices we make and the effect they have on the world around us. The Arts give the children the opportunity to reflect on art work, performance, music, and creative work. The Arts teach children about the reasons why people are different and, by developing the children’s knowledge and understanding of the opportunities that the Arts bring, it promotes respect for other people. Through teaching, children have the opportunity to discuss choices we make and the effect they have on the world around us. This gives the children the opportunity to reflect on art work and creative work. This teaches children about the reasons why people are different and, by developing the children’s knowledge and understanding of the opportunities that this brings, it promotes respect for other people and cultures.
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