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Art, Craft & Design

“Artistic talent is a gift from God and whoever discovers it in himself has a certain obligation: to know that he cannot waste this talent, but must develop it."

Pope John Paul II


Art at Holy Family will 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. Children learn a broad range of skills and knowledge which is progressive across the school.

Our progress objectives are broken down into four main aims:

Making Skills: Children become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques.

Knowledge: Children know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.

Generating Ideas: Children produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences.

All pupils have their own personalised art journal, which is put at the centre of their creativity

  • Children use their art journals to record their art journeys
  • They will contain experimentation, research, photographs, and reflections, showing ideas and development
  • They are a place of discovery and rejected ideas (mistakes) are an essential part of the learning process
  • Children are taught to ‘value every mark’

Evaluation: Children evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design.

Art, Craft and Design is timetabled into the curriculum, however it is interwoven into our cross curricular topics and is used extensively to support teaching and learning in other curriculum areas.

Pupils are guided by teachers but have freedom to be creative through choice of medium and materials and have opportunities to discuss and critique each other’s work to develop it further.

We champion, develop and invest in artistic and cultural experiences that enrich our children's lives. We enable activities and clubs across the arts - from Arts Council, Arts Award and in house art clubs as well as trips out to local galleys etc.

The school actively seeks to develop links with artists working in a variety of media. This is a continuous process, we seek to expand the number of artists and organisations with whom we work regularly, while at the same time welcoming artists into the school on a one-off basis.

At Holy Family we aim to foster a culture of creativity and exploration through developing ideas from starting points into personalised projects and outcomes.