The Russell School

Aim High, Have Courage, Be Kind


Art and creativity are a form of communication in the same way as language and are imperative to learning. We firmly believe the ‘process’ of artwork is more important than the end product and this is reflected in our Art and Design Curriculum. Children should have the opportunity to use art as a means of expressing their feelings towards the world and for translating how they see things within the environment using interesting and varied techniques and from a variety of starting points.

Art is one method of developing children’s aesthetic awareness. We believe that it is preferable to work from first-hand experience and have built up a resource area where interesting objects and materials are collected together for use in the classroom. We ensure children are exposed to a variety of mediums including drawing, painting, sculpture using clay, weaving, printing and dying techniques including batik. The children are also given opportunities to lead their own artwork, make decisions about their art, be imaginative, consider improvements as well as actually being given the opportunity to improve a piece of art.

We spend time discussing shape, colour, texture, light and shadow, smell and origin of the object with the children. They explore ideas and meanings in the work of artists, craftspeople and designers and learn about their different roles and about the functions of art, craft and design in their own lives and in different times and cultures.

It is vital to show the children that their work is valued and this is done by displaying around the school as well as in the classroom.