Art and Design is an essential part of the primary curriculum. The sense of enjoyment that students feel in expressing themselves artistically can build confidence, help manage emotions and improve wellbeing and happiness.  Art education can also help develop important skills: critical thinking, resilience and problem solving which are skills they can then apply to other subjects.  For these reasons, Bidborough School wants all our pupils to develop a love for art and design. 

Our pupils learn to improve their mastery of art by learning specific drawing, painting, printing and sculpture skills and techniques.  Children explore these through a range of different media, such as paints, chalk, pastels, inks and clay.  They experiment with the use of colour, texture, form, line, shape, pattern and different materials.  Our goal is for pupils to understand that they don’t need to have outstanding drawing skills to be able to create beautiful, imaginative artwork.  We expose children to a range of different artists such as designers, architects, and sculptures in order that they understand there are a range of exciting careers within the art industry.  Our teaching and learning progression can be found here.

Every child from years 1 to 6 are given a sketchbook which they use to create, explore and develop new ideas and techniques. The sketchbook is seen as the centre of creativity and is akin to a learning diary.

Painting is just another way of keeping a diary.
― Pablo Picasso

If you hear a voice within you saying, “You are not a painter,” then by all means paint… and that voice will be silenced.
― Vincent van Gogh

Art is not just a subject you can learn but an activity that you can practise with your hands, your eyes, your whole personality.

- Quentin Blake