Art and Design are an integral part of the school curriculum. These subject stimulate pupils’ imagination and creativity. They provide visual, tactile and sensory experiences and a way of understanding and responding to the world. Through studying the work of other artists and crafts people, pupils learn about the role of art and design in their environment. They develop a critical awareness of the purpose of art and design in different times and cultures. The making of art pieces should be a place where children are free to express their own ideas and make individual choices. They should develop skills across a range of mediums that enable them to record, communicate and express ideas in many different ways. Through discussion they learn how to evaluate their work and make aesthetic judgements. Appreciating the visual arts can enrich their personal and spiritual responses to their lives
Children are taught basic skills in order to give them the means to express their ideas and imagination freely. They need to look closely at, compare and discuss the work of other artists. Drawing from observation is a way of seeing and understanding the world around us and the work of other artists. They need to experience a wide variety of mediums for 2D and 3D work. They need to be encouraged to use colour, pattern, texture, line, tone, shape, form, space and different materials and processes to communicate what they see, feel and think. Working with ICT through photography and computer generated art programmes is another way to enrich their experiences.