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Our intention in art is to stimulate children’s creativity and imagination. We want our children to be able to communicate what they see, feel and think through the use of colour, texture, form, pattern and language. Our aim is for our children to develop knowledge and skills for life and be inspired to innovate, design and create their own art masterpieces.

We hold The Warrington Arts Award which shows our commitment to the creative arts at our school. We are also founder members of the Primary Art Network (PAN) in Warrington and exhibit every year with the other schools in the network. The theme for each exhibition guides our planning across the school for half a term.  Our display usually includes a range of artwork both 2D and 3D and is exhibited at the Parr Hall, Main Library or Pyramid Centre in Warrington.  We invite artists into school to support learning in the arts and produce specialist artwork for displays. Volunteers also regularly help in school with art or textile projects.

What Art and Design looks like in our school

We have introduced a ‘Picture of the Week’ where all the children have the opportunity to study a picture that is regularly changed and respond to questions like, 'What can you see?', 'What can you hear?', 'How does the picture make you feel?', 'Why do you like the picture?', 'Why don’t you like the picture?', 'What would you like to ask the artist?'. This gives us valuable written and verbal feedback from the children about their own views and opinions of a piece of art.

Throughout the year seasonal celebrations and events also provide opportunities for artwork. For example, Remembrance Day is explored through ‘Poppy Art’ in the Foundation Stage. Diwali, Christmas and Chinese New Year are taught throughout the school and usually include an art element such as designing cards or masks.

During the year artwork is usually linked to the topics that each year group is studying. For example, Year 2 produce detailed chalk and oil pastel drawings when they are learning about the Rainforest and observational line drawings of shells for their seaside topic. We also ensure that key skills in art are taught including drawing, painting and sculpture. Each year group also studies at least one artist during the year. Nursery look at the work of Henri Matisse particularly ‘The Snail’ and Wassily Kandinsky's 'Concentric Circles.' Reception look at the work of Vincent Van Gogh particularly ‘Starry Night’ and ‘Sunflowers.’ Year 1 focus on Georgia O’Keefe, Giuseppe Arcimboldo and Andy Warhol and Year 2 study Henri MatisseJeannie Baker and Henri Rousseau.. Children respond to works by the artists as well as producing their own work in a similar style.

Our WOW Experiences

Useful Resources for Parents and Children

Evidence of Art and Design

Cygnets Nursery Reception Year 1 Year 2
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