Art and Design
A high-quality Art and Design curriculum should engage, inspire and challenge children to develop their understanding and abilities, equipping them with the knowledge, skills and confidence to experiment, explore and create their own pieces of art.
As children progress through these key stages, they should develop a more comprehensive approach towards their understanding of the importance of Art and Design in the world around them.
Teachers should provide opportunities for direct sensory experiences. These will develop children’s visual, spatial and tactile awareness and manipulative skills. Teachers should also gradually introduce children to art and design tools, materials and processes. This will enable children to express their ideas more fully through colour, line, shape, space, form, pattern and texture.
Children need consistent experience of Art and Design to understand what artists, designers and craft workers do, and to develop their own confidence in using a wide range of media and techniques.
Art and Design activities encourage children to:
- respond to the world around them;
- respond to their individual feelings and emotions;
- develop and use their imagination;
- express their ideas, thoughts and feelings;
- solve problems; and
- become more aesthetically aware.