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Art at Southery Academy

Intent

Art allows children to express visually their understanding and meaning of the world around them. Visual art is an essential part of a child’s education since it equips a child with ability to make attempts, without fear of making a mistake. It teaches a child to face challenges without focusing on the wrong or right answer, develop and extend skills, and consider their own ideas, interests, and thoughts. As a result, art is greatly valued here at Southery Academy, viewed as an important part of a child’s entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum. Therefore, it is our intention to provide children with experiences which allow them to access a range or medias, materials, and techniques as well as exposing them to an expanse of artistic movements both present and past to encourage, inspire and enthuse them.

 

Implementation

An effective art curriculum should challenge and arouse interest in children, providing them with the knowledge and skills to investigate, create and develop artwork of their own. To ensure this is successfully implemented here at Southery Academy, we endeavour to provide children with access to a variety of resources in school, by sharing ideas with each other and working with other academies within EMAT. As we gradually return to a well-established and broad curriculum,we aim to introduce more art-based events, working alongside our Art Associates to implement fun, diverse and meaningful experiences where children can learn about a specific artist, technique or movement.

Impact

By the time children leave Southery Academythey will feel proud of what they have achieved. They will have a breadth of knowledge of different medias and techniques, learned, improved, and embedded a range of artistic skills and will hopefully have been able to take some of these piece’s home to share with parents and carers.

They will have developed the ability to think critically about the work of past and present artists, their own work, and their peers, as well as a growing understanding of how art has shaped history and has been engraved in the culture of people around the world. They will be confident at, experimenting and taking risks, encouraged to think about the process they take when creating a piece of art, not just on the finished product. Above all, we want children to discover a creative outlet – a method of expressiveness and delight