Art & Design stimulates creativity and imagination. It provides visual, tactile and sensory experiences and a special way of understanding and responding to the world. It enables children to communicate what they see, feel and think through their use of colour, textures, form, and pattern using different materials and processes. Children learn to make informal judgements and aesthetic and practical decisions. They explore ideas and meanings through the world of artists and designers. Through learning about the roles and functions of art, they can explore the impact it has on contemporary life and that of different times and cultures. Children learn the appreciation and enjoyment of visual arts enriches all.
At Sauncey Wood, children in the Early Years access opportunities to develop their skills Expressive Art and Design. Children are encouraged to develop their fine and gross motor skills daily and to engage in activities and experiences which will enhance their understanding and skills in art and design. Teaching is driven by the interests of the children and these are taken into consideration when planning Art & Design learning experiences. In Key Stages One and Two, children access Art and Design opportunities both through themed or topic based work and through specific Art & Design lessons. Children have the opportunity to exhibit their work regularly and enter a variety of competitions.