Art and Design
Art at Woodhouse Primary School
As Henri Matisse said, “Creativity takes courage,” and at Woodhouse Primary school we believe in creating courageous children who explore the world through the visual arts. Art provides our children with opportunities to develop, share and express their individual creativity, whilst also making links with a wide spectrum of different arts throughout history and in our society today, henceforth developing their knowledge of art and artists. Art contributes to children’s personal development in not only creativity but also independence, teamwork and self-reflection. Moreover, it enables pupils to develop a natural sense of wonder and curiosity about the world around them and therefore links strongly to our school values. We intend for our art curriculum to provide children with opportunities to develop their skills using a range of media and materials. Children will learn the skills of drawing, painting, printing, collage, textiles, 3D work and digital art and are given the opportunity to explore and evaluate different creative ideas. Children will be introduced to a range of works and develop knowledge of the styles and vocabulary used by famous artists. In Art, children are expected to be reflective and evaluate their work, thinking about how they can make changes and keep improving. This should be meaningful and continuous throughout the process, with evidence of agerelated verbal and written refection. Children are encouraged to take risks and experiment and then reflect on why some ideas and techniques are successful or not for a particular project.