Art and design encourages children to develop fine and gross motor skills, social skills, decision-making skills, language skills and risk-taking skills. The subject also encourages children to form opinions and to be inventive. Art teaches children about colour, layout, perspective, and balance. These are also all the techniques that are necessary in presentations (visual, digital) of academic work.
Art can be also about problem solving. We give our children a challenge related to their different topics and ask them to visually and creatively solve it. The teaching of Art can encourage children to seek creative-minded careers such as graphic design, fashion design, engineering and many more.
With reference to the National Curriculum ‘A high-quality art and design education should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design’. This is what we encourage at St Margaret's.
If you have any questions about Art or DT at St Margaret's, please contact Mr Lorimer (Y4 class teacher and DT subject lead) or Miss Harding (HLTA & Art Lead).
Useful links for Art and Design
The Artful Parent
You can access over 500 arts and crafts activities, including painting, sculptures and printmaking. This site gives you ideas of what Art supplies to provide for you child in order to create and make different things.
Art for Kids hub
You can watch step by step videos on how to draw different things, origami for children, how to paint, holiday and celebratory art projects and projects related to the Seasons. It also gives you a list of the resources you will need before completing each art project.
Land Art for Kids
A website which gives you ideas on how to collect natural resources to produce different forms of Art.
Tate Kids-The Best Art Website for Kids
Kids can follow instructions to make different things, play art games and quizzes and explore and read about the work of well-known artists.
BBC Bitesize Art and Design
You can watch class clips on famous artists, techniques and how to create different things.
How can you encourage Art at home?
Try to get hold of as many different types of drawing and painting resources as you can to let your child get creative and explore creating art using different materials. Paints, chalk, crayons, pens, pencils, modelling clay and much more can be found in discount shops. Just don’t forget to put lots of newspaper down first!
Use household objects creatively
Alternatively, instead of buying materials, let them get creative using things around the house – for example, pasta and pulses to create pictures using glue.
Keep a sketch book
Encourage your child to keep a sketch book. Suggest that they take it with them when they go out so that they can look for things to sketch – a tree, a building, a scene. Alternatively, if they see something they would like to draw, take a photo on your phone and let them sketch from it when they are home.
Celebrate your child's art
Praise your child’s creations and encourage them not to get disheartened if they feel they have made ‘mistakes’. Explain that art is about being creative and trying out different things. There is no right or wrong way to do things. You could even ‘frame’ their work using coloured paper or card and create a little gallery on the kitchen wall or in their bedroom to display their work.
Discuss and enjoy art together
Find out about local art galleries or museums that you can visit with your child. Encourage them to talk about what they see and to share their opinions – about subject matter, colours, what materials the artist used, and so on.