St Stephen’s places huge importance in the visual arts. We have found it essential to nurture and develop the children’s creativity in 2d, 3d and digital artwork and to celebrate their successes in our many art displays around the school.
The new National Curriculum for Art and Design calls for a clearer awareness of art history and for a stronger emphasis on drawing skills. We have responded to this in devising our own scheme of work which teaches the children about a range of artists through history, from the Old Masters like Rembrandt, Velazquez or Michelangelo to more modern artists such as Matisse, Picasso or Hockney.
As they study and learn from these paintings, the children will also be taught the rudiments of setting-up and rendering drawings. Among these skills will be: facial and body proportions, one-point perspective, light sources and shadows, complimentary colour and printing techniques. Many of these skills will be developed in the children’s own sketchbooks, which will then inform their more ‘final’ pieces of work.
At St Stephen’s, we also work with external artists and designers to give the children the best possible exposure to the creative arts. During our whole-school, Annual Arts Week, we also concentrate our energies on a wide spectrum of creative, artistic activities which are based around a carefully-chosen painting. The children learn about the painting before embarking on their own creations based on elements, themes or colours found in the piece. Their work takes place in their classroom but is only one part of an inspiring week where they get to dance, act, cook, perform and learn with a wealth of skilled visitors to the school!
It’s been said that Art is a reflection of the society that creates it. We hope that the children’s wonderful pieces that we display in our classrooms and corridors, show our parents and visitors how wonderful our school is too!