Art and Design at St Joseph’s

The Art subject leader is: Mr Stephen Weeks

At St Joseph’s, we value Art and Design as an integral part of our children’s entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum. Art and Design provides our children with opportunities to develop and extend art and design skills and the opportunity to express their individual interests, thoughts and ideas, using noted artists as inspiration.

Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. A high-quality art and design education should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and develop their own works of art, craft and design. As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. Our children should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.

We intend for children at St Joseph’s to develop a passion for art, it is how we express our creativity and faith through imaginative and skilled work. We want children to develop an appreciation for Art in their own community and wider cultural world, experiencing Art from the past, whilst also appreciating Modern Art.

We believe that our children should have the opportunity to explore and record their own interests, thoughts and ideas to further enhance their personal, social and emotional development. We want our children to develop their knowledge of famous artists, designers and craft makers, enabling them to evaluate the work of others.

We will ensure that our children become confident and proficient in a variety of skills and techniques including drawing, painting and sculpting, as well as other selected craft skills such as collage, printing and textiles. Children will be introduced to the wide range of skills, techniques and mediums used within art and design. Following a sketchbook approach, children will delve deeper into these techniques,  taking inspiration from noted artists, to endow them with greater knowledge of how these skills are developed and implemented into final pieces of art and design.