The importance of Art

Art stimulates creativity and imagination. It provides visual, tactile and sensory experiences and a unique way of understanding and responding to the world. Encouraging children to think outside their own immediate environment is an increasingly important aspect of the primary school’s role. By introducing children to the work of artists, makers and designers from around the world, showing them historical artefacts, and providing examples of artistic traditions, textiles and methods of working from other cultures, we can enable children to make important connections between themselves and those whose lives and experiences might otherwise seem very remote. Pupils use colour, form, texture, pattern and different materials and processes to communicate what they see, feel and think. Through art and design they learn to make informed judgements and aesthetic and practical decisions, becoming actively involved in shaping their  environment. Understanding, enjoyment and appreciation of the visual arts has a powerful and valuable role to play in the overall ethos of Charlestown Primary School.

 Through the teaching of Art and Design we aim to:

  •  provide a stimulating environment with exciting, high quality displays and
  •  interesting artefacts that will excite their imagination and add value to their work
  •  provide a broad and balanced range of arts activities
  •  develop pupil’s visual and tactile awareness and visual and tactile literacy
  •  develop each child’s ability to communicate ideas, opinions and feelings about their own work and that of others; and through that, develop a sense of value of their own and others’ work
  •  provide opportunities for pupils to use a wide variety of artistic media so that they acquire skills and develop techniques that will enable them to realise their ideas in both 2D and 3D work
  •  ensure pupils can use tools and materials safely and make appropriate choices
  •  to extend and enrich other subject areas by the incorporation of art