Art and Design is integral to primary aged children’s development and wellbeing.
Our team of art teachers and technicians enable every child to reach his or her full potential in this creative subject. We believe that our children should communicate what they feel, see and think through the use of colour, texture, form, pattern, different materials and processes. Through learning about the role and functions of art, they can explore the impact it has on contemporary life and that of different times and cultures. With the use of a wide variety of art materials and tools which include iPads, clay, printing presses, paint, charcoal, ink, glass pens and modrock, the children are able to happily express themselves.
Our specially designed art room is home for the Juniors’ art lessons and the infants have a designated space in their room allocated for art sessions. We use a variety of teaching and learning styles in our art lessons. Our principle aim is to develop children's knowledge and skills and understanding. We ensure that the act of investigating and making something includes exploring and developing ideas, and evaluating and developing work. We do this best through a mixture of whole class teaching and individual/group activities. Teachers draw attention to good examples of individual performance as models for other children. They encourage children to evaluate their own ideas and methods, and the work of others, and say what they think and feel about them. We give children the opportunity within lessons to work on their own and collaborate with others, on projects in two and three dimensions and on different scales. Children also have the opportunity to use a wide range of materials and resources including ICT and visiting experts.
We value the fact that children benefit from experiences outside the classroom. In Form Six, the pupils visit an art gallery for a workshop whether it be the Tate galleries in London or locally at Burghley Sculpture Garden. We also like to invite artists to work with us at the school. Throughout the school year we provide special events which include illustrator talks, willow weaving workshops, House Christmas tree decorating competitions and Saturday, non-compulsory art trips to major exhibitions. These are to promote each child's enjoyment and understanding of art and to encourage their creative development. Our children are also able to join specialist art clubs after school like watercolour and knitting. The words of Henri Matisse encompass our ethos: “creativity takes courage” and Laxton Junior School children always persevere. The appreciation and enjoyment of the visual arts enriches all our lives.