Art & Design
Art & Design - The Whiteoak Way
‘Every child is an artist’
At the Whiteoak Academies, we believe that art plays a vital role in education and in helping children become like themselves instead of more like everyone else. Children are naturally creative so our art curriculum is designed to engage, inspire and challenge pupils, giving them the freedom, material and space to let their creativity blossom to its full potential. It is designed to be accessible to all abilities, enabling children to grow in confidence whilst developing their own skills and individuality as an artist.
As a school, we aim to provide the opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of art by exploring various artists, sculptors and designers of both the past and present and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms and their impact on culture and history.
Art is taught both explicitly, through focused studies of artists and art techniques, as well as by being carefully laced throughout our project work, creating meaningful cross curricular links. We also encourage our children to work collaboratively on art projects, which are shown proudly around our school.
As the children progress through school, art experiences are built upon so that our children can make decisions about their approach to different challenges, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. Finally, we strive for every child to be able to express their feelings, opinions and emotions through many different forms of art with the ultimate aim that every child leaves our school family, as an imaginative, creative and inspired artist.