Art and Design
At Haydn we believe, as Pablo Picasso famously summed up, “Every child is an artist.” Art has a significant and valuable role to play in the overall ethos of this school. Art is an ongoing process through which all children are given opportunities to develop specific skills, knowledge and understanding to enable them to work in a variety of media, style and form. It enables children of all abilities to use their creative imagination to achieve their potential with guidance and given criteria. Children work individually and within a group to develop social and personal skills. Art is not taught in isolation, although it retains its creative base and its skills and techniques. Wherever appropriate it is linked to other areas of the curriculum and gives children the opportunities to develop specific art skills and reinforces skills already established.
Our Art curriculum provides children with opportunities to develop their skills using a range of media and materials. Children learn skills of Art and Design through the following ten areas: Drawing, Sketchbook, Printmaking, Sculpture, Design, Painting, Craft, Textiles, Multimedia and Digital.
At Haydn we recognise that within art there should be less focus on outcome and a greater focus on the creative journey. When we work towards a predefined, prescribed outcome (i.e. in the case of a display) the understanding and learning of pupils can be compromised. Ofsted recognises that work which looks great at first glance can hide poor learning outcomes. Instead, at Haydn, we work to create confident, independent artists who can articulate and value their own creative journeys, artists who embody our core values; to be ready, resilient, resourceful, reflective and respectful.