The Year 3 work has examples of cubism, surrealism and pointillism; each colourful exhibit evidences great care and attention to detail, as well as simply being just such a pleasure to view. Year 5 classes have also completed some exceptional pieces of work. The children described to me how they carefully outlined their ideas on silk then dyed the sections to make the attractive pictures and designs. They really have produced some very individual and creative pieces for the exhibition.
Art is an important part of our curriculum as we value all-round development of the child. One only has to see the level of concentration and attention to detail that is demonstrated in the lessons to realise how much the children benefit from the freedom to explore and learn in different media. As a means of expression, Art demands that they are creative. They also learn how to communicate thoughts and ideas that are often difficult to put into words. This was so evident when recently I had the privilege of attending a couple of Art exhibitions in the Secondary School. They really were outstanding and it was pleasing that some of our primary children also had the chance to view them. That experience really was an opportunity to inspire them to ‘Be Ambitious’ – one of the many benefits of an ‘all through’ school.
The children regularly tell me they love art lessons and will discuss with me the sense of achievement and pride they get from a finished product. Of course, for some it all comes easily; for others they have to work hard to produce a finished piece of which they are proud. However, they all relish it when their work gets displayed, particularly when it is acknowledged and praised. Soon our Year 1 and Year 2 children will be displaying their work. As Year 1 are currently working on ‘Plants and Insects’ and Year 2 on the ‘Rainforest’, I am sure there is something very special in store. They are already excited and can’t wait to share it!
Eleanor Jess, Head of Primary