The children start their artistic journey by honing their motor control skills by using simple hand tools, exploring colour mixing and drawing observational sketches. The children use famous artists, such as Matisse, to gain inspiration and use a variety of textures and media to design and make. Through cross-curricular study with Science and Geography the children will consider art in our environment, focusing on texture, pattern and form. Children up-cycle design projects to include design briefs and work to specifications. As they enter Key Stage 2 they work from both observation and imagination, documenting ideas and experiences in a journal. They are encouraged to become independent artists by exploring a theme of their choice within a structured framework. In Years 5 and 6 pupils will have their Art lessons in the Senior School design studios and be supervised by subject specialists, which is a real opportunity for them and one they thoroughly enjoy.
Take One Picture is a project in conjunction with the National Gallery. Children's work has been displayed nationwide as well as in there National Gallery itself. Details of the yearly project can be found following this link.