Art and Design is the subject through which pupils are given opportunities to explore their ideas by experimenting, inventing and creating their own varied works of art using a range of materials. At Freemantle, the exploration of Art and Design provides visual, tactile and sensory experiences for our pupils, and provides them with opportunities to understand and respond to the world. We believe Art and Design education should inspire, engage and challenge our pupils, whilst enabling them to communicate what they see, feel and think through the exploration of the use of colour, texture, form and pattern.
Pupils are involved in shaping their environment through art and design activities which involve different creative techniques. We plan for them to explore ideas and meaning through studying the work of artists and designers, and develop their language skills through discussion. Additionally, as our pupils learn about the history, roles and functions of art, they will explore the impact that it has on contemporary life and that of different times and cultures. All of which impacts positively on wellbeing and enriches our pupils ’s cultural capital both now and in the future, in line with Article 31 of the UNICEF Convention on the Rights of the child, which states: ‘Every child has the right to rest, relax, play and to take part in cultural and creative activities’.