Art is a source of inspiration, enjoyment and fulfilment.
It develops children's creativity and imagination and gives them the opportunity to express their thoughts and emotions. Our students explore the visual, tactile and sensory qualities of materials and processes. Working as artists they are encouraged to develop their own voice as well as work collaboratively in order to communicate with different audiences through a variety of media and contexts using colour, texture, line, pattern and form.
Art at the Alice Smith School helps our children respond to the work of others gaining insight into different viewpoints, identities, traditions and cultures, which form an integral part of their development as global citizens. We invite local and international artists into school and incorporate local and regional artistic aspects into our lessons.
To encourage a cross-curricular approach, art lessons often enhance the learning that occurs in class. Through collaborative planning, the art teacher can ensure that learning in art is meaningful to the children, through the creative process of art-making, while also contributing to their understanding of a class-based unit.
We have a specialist art teacher and an art assistant who teach Years 3,4,5 and 6 with lessons taking place in our dedicated art studio. We also have an Artist in Residence programme for the Foundation Stage where local artists are invited to come and work in our garden where the children can observe and participate in the creative process.