Art - The St Luke's School Curriculum

Curriculum Subject Rationale 2016- 2017

At St Luke's, we believe Art and Design is essential to prepare pupils to participate in tomorrow’s rapidly changing world. Teachers encourage children to develop their investigating, designing, making and evaluating skills by thinking and intervening creatively.

Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. A high quality art and design education should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.

Art and design stimulates creativity and promotes imagination. It provides a variety of sensory experiences and a unique way of understanding and responding to the world. It enables children to communicate what they see, feel and think through the use of colour, texture, form, pattern, construction and different materials and processes. Children become involved in shaping their environments through art and design activities. They learn to make informed judgments and aesthetic and practical decisions. They explore ideas and meanings through the work of artists and designers. Through learning about the roles and functions of art, they can explore the impact it has had on contemporary life and that of different times and cultures. The appreciation and enjoyment of the visual arts enriches all our lives.

The role of the Art and Design subject leader role is to:
  • Co-ordinate the teaching of Art within the school
  • Monitor the use of the rationale and review, as necessary
  • Work sampling and monitoring progression within the school as a whole
  • Arrange in-service support, advice and assistance to staff as required
  • Share professional knowledge through peer lesson observation
  • Support staff and inform them of courses and developments in the arts
  • Support and encourage the promotion of Art and Design through displays within the school.
  • Ensure that the Art and Design is supported by trips and visitors
  • Order and maintain resources for in use as needed
  • Provide information for the school development plan
  • Liaise with other co-ordinators when necessary