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At Burhill, children will explore the processes of art and design through discrete art lessons, through cross curricular work and through direct instruction. They have regular opportunities to draw, paint, print, construct, model and explore other media. They are given open ended tasks and they complete practical activities relating to the work of other artists. Children work in large and small scale collaboratively, in pairs and groups as well as individually. Through art & design we aim to develop each child’s creative potential. Close observational work is encouraged and care and attention to detail is gradually developed. Children will learn about the arts and crafts of other cultures and from different periods in history, as well as studying the work of famous artists, architects and designers.

The national curriculum for art and design aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences
  • become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques
  • evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design
  • know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.

In recognition of the part that art and design plays in children's overall arts education, we hold a special award from the Arts Council's recognising that the school have held Artsmark Gold for several years running.