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at St Elisabeth's CE Primary School

Art, craft and design embodies some of the highest forms of human creativity. High quality Art education should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art 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.

How Do We Teach Art?

Our bespoke art curriculum is designed to develop knowledge and skills that are progressive, enabling children to strengthen both critical thinking and problem-solving skills. The process of creating art gives children choices and urges them to make decisions – a crucial skill that translates into all other aspects of life. Art is a language that allows children to express and develop their ideas and emotions; artistic activities are full of processes that help children to grow and stimulate their creativity while nurturing the soul.

Art stimulates both sides of the brain increasing the capacity of memory, attention and concentration. It introduces children to new vocabulary and concepts and generates memories and images which enriches their intellect and imagination. Children also improve and acquire social skills, their self-esteem is promoted and art gives children a way to express themselves and their ideas. Through art, children will build a progressive skill set enabling them to be persistent and consistent.

Our curriculum is divided into three main strands:

  • 2D - Drawing and Painting
  • 3D -  Developing a Perception of Depth
  • Print and Mixed Media (textiles is also covered within the D&T curriculum)

Throughout the children’s art education at St Elisabeth’s, their skills through each strand are progressive and build upon prior learning, showing a clear development and comprehensive knowledge. The focus of our art curriculum is all about individual learnt processes not prescribed outcomes.

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