At Anstey, we support each child’s own creative expression while they learn to treat others with respect and understanding. Our art and design curriculum fulfils this through fun and challenge. We demonstrate skills and allow plenty of opportunity for children to experiment and develop their control of a wide range of media such as paint, clay and pastels. They also analyse work of artists and designers from diverse times and cultures and learn the vast variety of reasons and ways art is created.
Skills are developed in the classroom and enriched further in our inspiring grounds, through trips to galleries and during artist visits. Children each have a sketchbook to record their observations allowing them to review and revisit their ideas. While enjoying creating for its own sake, children also start to experience the pleasure of sharing their art with a wider audience through school and community events. Discussion about their own pieces and those of others helps them to develop their own style. Through challenging tasks and building of resilience, our children will be confident to use art for enjoyment and to express what is important to them.