Here at Collis we aim to cultivate creative children who are inspired through our delivery of the creative arts.
Art and Design stimulates creativity and imagination. It provides visual, tactile and sensory experiences – a unique way of understanding and responding to the world.
Pupils use colour, form, texture, pattern and different materials and processes to communicate what they see, feel and think.
Through art and design activities, they learn to make informed value judgements, aesthetic and practical decisions. They become actively involved in shaping environments.
They explore ideas and meanings in the work of artists, craftspeople and designers.
They learn about the diverse roles and functions of art, craft and design in contemporary life, and in different times and cultures. Understanding, appreciating and enjoying the visual arts has the power to enrich our personal and public lives, contributing to the culture, creativity and wealth of a nation.
As a school we embrace these ideas by visiting museums, inviting artists and institutions. Some of these visits include cross-curricular activities with the wider curriculum. (e.g. Local artist Ed Tandy did a 3D landscape with a year 6 group for Art exhibition. Abi Wellspring did a 3D sculpture using groups of children from across the school.
Author and illustrators Paul Geraghty, Jim Smith and Michelle Hird
visited the school and inspired art work.
Year 2 visit the Science Museum looking at space exploration in humanities,
but also generate space art from this visit.
An example of studying and immersing children in multi-cultural art is Black History Week.
Another example of studying multi-cultural artists is Chris Ofili (Trinidad and Tobago) and aboriginal artists
Throughout the school, our children cover a range of artists and throughout all Key Stages, have the opportunity to research an artist. We aim to keep a balance of not only British artists but also study a variety of artists from around the world.
We ensure the children experience a variety of different media to express their creative ideas.
The creative arts have a very high profile at our school. Our children love Art and Design. The last survey overwhelmingly expressed this. Our children are confident with using a range of resources to create artwork and display a sense of pride over their creations. This can be demonstrated through the fantastic and engaging classroom displays which showcase brilliant work. Also through our celebrated community art exhibitions. Quotes from Art exhibition book:
If you were to walk into an art and design lesson at Collis, you will see:
An example of skill progression within our Art and Design curriculum:
What do you enjoy about Art and Design?
What helps you to improve in Art and Design?
Priorities for 2022-2023