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Art Vision Statement

“Art and design is not just a subject to learn, but an activity that you can practise: with your hands, your eyes, your whole personality.”  (Quentin Blake, Illustrator and Children’s Laureate).

At St. John’s we aim to inspire children’s creativity by exploring their ideas and recording their experiences. Through our teaching, we aspire for children to become proficient in the five key skills of drawing, painting, sculpture, collage and printing. We evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design.

We feel children should know about great artists, craft makers and designers from a diverse range of cultures, and this forms the foundations of our lessons. We believe children should have the opportunity to celebrate their artwork; at the end of each unit we hold a class gallery so that they can share feedback and successes with each other. It is important for children to recognise the real-life opportunities that art can provide.

During our Art House Event, we make links between art and the industries that it can lead to in the future. For example, children will become illustrators, fashion designers, architects or set designers. Through our Artists’ Week, we explore some of the most influential artists in history, and exhibit this artwork to the public at the annual West Bristol Arts Trail.


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