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‘Art and Design is not just a subject to learn, but an activity that you can practise with your hands, your eyes, your whole personality’
(Quentin Blake 2000)
At Pownall, we passionately believe that Art and Design stimulates creativity and imagination. It provides visual, tactile and sensory experiences as well as a special way of understanding and responding to the world.
Through our Art and Design lessons, we go beyond the national curriculum giving our children the opportunity to develop their skills in areas such as ceramics, textiles and printing. Our pupils use colour, form, texture, pattern and different materials and processes to communicate what they see, feel and think. They are able to explore ideas and meanings in the work of artists, craftspeople and designers.
Our classroom space is terrific and this, as well as the stimulating environment outside in our stunning school grounds, provide endless opportunities for discovery and imaginative enquiry.
We are extremely fortunate to have our own printing press in school and our Form 6 pupils have shown real enterprising spirit, by making their own wonderful ‘collagraph plates’ for Christmas Cards that parents can then purchase.
We also have two kilns, allowing children to fire their own work and produce a wealth of wonderful ceramics. Form 3 have recently created beautiful Olive bowls in connection with their Ancient Greek topic while Form 4 created flowers, inspired by the work of William Morris and the Arts and Crafts examples we are so lucky to be surrounded by here in our school building.
As you walk around our wonderful school, you will see a fine display of our art and design work – painting, printing, textiles, 3D, drawings and collage. But our creativity is not just confined to the classroom. Every year, classes in Key Stage 2 are involved in the production of the scenery for our theatre productions, something everybody loves!
Art and Design is an integral part of what we do at Pownall. It is so important for children to have time to explore materials and creative techniques getting ‘lost’ in the process of creating.