Art & Design
Art and Design at St Thomas’
At St Thomas’, our aim is to support our artists to develop confidence in expressing themselves creatively
and imaginatively. By exploring and discussing great artists and styles or art, they will come to understand
that every artist is unique. Our children are encouraged to take risks and learn from their mistakes as they develop their own style as an artist. They will develop their own opinions and preferences whilst developing their evaluation and analysis talents. The skills they will develop will be transferable to other aspects of their lives and learning, and should open their eyes to future creative opportunities.
Purpose of study
Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. A high-quality art and design education should engage, inspire and challenge all pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art. As children 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 reflects and shapes our history and culture and wealth of our nation.
The national curriculum for Art and Design aims to ensure that all children:
- produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences
- become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpting and other art, craft and design techniques
- evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design
- know about great artists, crafts makers and designers, and understanding the historical and cultural development of their art forms