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Art & Design

We believe Art and Design stimulates creativity and imagination. It provides visual, tactile and sensory experiences and a unique way of understanding and responding to the world around us.

Pupils at St Mary’s are encouraged to explore ideas and meanings in the work of artists, craftspeople and designers, learning about the diverse roles and functions of art, craft and design in contemporary life, and in different times and cultures.

When teaching Art and Design, our aims are:

  • to explore and appreciate the awe and wonder which art and creativity provides and thank God for the talents we are given
  • to enable pupils to become visually literate
  • to use and understand Art as a form of tactile communication
  • to develop creative and technical skills so that ideas can be realised 
  • to develop pupils' aesthetic sensibilities and enable them to make informed judgements about art
  • develop pupils' design capability
  • to articulate and communicate ideas, opinions and feelings about their own work, and that of others

As pupils progress through different topic areas, they have the opportunity to work independently, as well as in collaboration with others. As well as creating individual masterpieces, pupils are also encouraged to comment on and suggest improvements to their own work, as well as that of others.

We take opportunities to work with artists, both in school or in galleries and museums, to give pupils first hand experiences. Art and Design is also developed through Outdoor learning, taking the children’s art work out into the school grounds.