Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. Our high quality art and design education engages, inspires and challenges pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. We encourage children’s artistic development from Nursery through to Year 6.
As pupils progress, they begin to be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. Through our Creative curriculum, the children also learn how art and design have both reflected and shaped our history, and contributed to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation. Where appropriate, children look at the work of different artists and craftsmen, studying their work and materials first, before moving on to developing the art skills for themselves. By showing the children completed pieces of art work, our children can then aspire to produce work to the same effect.
Our art curriculum is taught through Creative topics, and links are made with other subjects, such as history and geography, taking objectives from the National Curriculum. At Snapethorpe, we have taken the national curriculum objectives and broken the skills down further so they are year group specific. This allows our children time to experiment with new skills being taught and build on those they already have developed. Sketchbooks are used for this purpose, where the children can try out techniques and materials, before commencing on their final piece of art work. This has proved very successful as it has helped our children become confident at having a go, and their sketchbooks are a place where mistakes might be made, but this is part of the learning process. Art lessons are carried out through whole class teaching, where support can be given to individual children, when developing skills and the use of different materials. Throughout their time at our school, children have the opportunity to work with a wide variety of materials, including drawing and painting materials, print making, 3D materials such as clay and modroc, and collage.
Visits are used to inspire our children, and to gain experience of the work of artists. We use The Yorkshire Sculpture Park and The Hepworth Art Gallery, which are local to school, as a way to focus our children on a variety of art work. By giving the children the opportunity to see art works first hand, engages and inspires them, allowing them to see the vast variety of art on offer.