Our Art curriculum intends to develop pupils’ creativity and foster an enjoyment and appreciation for art in their own lives. We want to enable pupils to develop their art and design skills using a range of media inspired by the work of other artists.
We aim to instil in our pupils the belief that they are all artists and ignite a love and enjoyment of art that they continue when they leave school.
We believe art strengthens creativity and individual expression.
Pupils have opportunities to appreciate the work of other artists and celebrate their own work through displays in school. Art is given significance and importance in our curriculum.
Our teaching meets the requirements of the National Curriculum and provides children with an understanding of all the diverse art forms; drawing, painting, collage, textiles, printmaking and sculpture.
We completed our three year Artist in Residence project in November 2016. The project was funded by the Arts Council and involved three schools – Wensley Fold, St Silas and Sacred Heart. Each term our Artist (Pat Southern-Pearce) was based in one of the three schools.
During each term:
- Children throughout the host school observed Pat working and asked her questions about her work
- Selected year groups worked with Pat to produce collaborative pieces of work
- Art Stars from each school worked together
- Children attended an after school art club run by Pat alongside a teacher from the host school
There was INSET training for the staff at each host school during each term.
Themes were selected for each term and the work produced was based on Pat’s own work:
- Autumn Term 2013 – Wensley Fold – LAYOUT
- Spring Term 2014 – St Silas – INSPIRATION FROM MUSIC
- Summer Term 2014 – Sacred Heart – GARDENS and FLOWERS
- Autumn Term 2014 – St Silas – NATURE and TREES
- Spring Term 2015 – Sacred Heart – SKETCH BOOKS
- Summer Term 2015 – Wensley Fold – WATERCOLOUR
- Autumn Term 2015 – Sacred Heart – SKETCH BOOKS
- Spring Term 2016 – Wensley Fold – PATTERN MAKING TO MUSIC
- Summer Term 2016 – St Silas – WATERCOLOUR
Exhibitions were held at the end of each term in the host school.
The final exhibition to celebrate the three year project was held at Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery from Saturday 24 September 2016 until Saturday 12 November 2016 (see poster below).
Visitor comments on the exhibition included:
- Such impressive and detailed work from a wide range of youngsters.
- I really enjoyed seeing all this wonderful work from these three schools. Well done Pat for your inspiration.
- One of the best exhibitions I’ve seen at the museum. I just had to return today before it finished.
- Beautiful, uplifting work. Well done everyone!