Pablo Picasso himself once said that "all children are artists". The Art curriculum is designed to develop skills in all disciplines set out in the National Curriculum to provide opportunities for our pupils to be creative and expressive, whilst increasing their cultural capital, focusing upon great artists and the impact of their work. Links to art and well-being are increasingly understood and this is a thread that also runs through our provision. In addition to the units of work detailed below in the overview, all pupils participate in an arts and happiness project.
The purpose of this is to explore the arts, beyond the national curriculum, with a focus on the benefits of art upon well-being and mental health. The approach has been research led and part delivered by external partners who specialise in both art and well-being. The theme of ‘Continuous Line’ appears throughout all art based projects. The continuous line is symbolic of our lives, well-being and the emotions we feel on a continuum; it has highs and lows and twists and turns, and as it crosses paths with other lines, pictures of beauty are formed. There are several whole school collaborations to not only produce visual art but to allow the school to work as a community for one outcome.
Unfortunately not the ones with chocolate chips.
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