Art embodies some of the highest forms of human creativity which encourages children to be inquisitive: children will explore a variety of artists and artistic skills and discover their own preferences and passions. Our emphasis in art is ‘process over product’. Children experiment, invent and create their own unique work: the ‘how’ and ‘why’ are important to develop artistic methods, rather than what is produced at the end of a session. We encourage children to think about why certain artistic techniques are more effective than others to achieve a desired expression of art.
Our curriculum is aspirational. Children will learn about diverse artists who reflect the breadth of their own community and broaden their horizons. They will learn how art contributes to the culture, creativity and history of our nation. Children will be challenged to think critically about their own work and others’, therefore art lessons will be language-rich in order for the children to be articulate. The knowledge and skills taught are underpinned by the principles of the National Curriculum and the EYFS curriculum. Learning is sequenced, relevant to our children and skills are revisited and refined throughout their time at Hillary. It will prepare them to be life-long learners with an appreciation for art, ready to start their next education adventure with the skills and confidence they will need to Thrive.