Pupils should be inspired and challenged during art and design developing the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. They should be able to think critically to develop their understanding and appreciate how art and design reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.

Pupils will be taught over a series of lessons which include:

  • Revisiting previously taught knowledge and skills;
  • Subject specific vocabulary;
  • Understanding and application of transferable skills;
  • Knowledge and experience of the importance of Artists, designers and crafts people in society and history.

At Gawthorpe art goes beyond the classroom. Gawthorpe is the home of the Maypole . Every May Day we decorate a Maypole Float and join in with the procession. This gives us the opportunity to raise to profile of art and for the children to see the diversity of art and the impact of their work within the community.

We also take part in all the projects arranged by the Town Partnership Committee and community groups such as The Scarecrow Festival and Painting the Town Red for remembrance. The feedback from our contributions is always very positive.

Each year we have an art focus week, topics have included, art and illustrators, art and society and art and culture. positive. This gives the children the opportunity to engage in  a broad based curriculum rather than just perfecting a narrow set of skills.

We  also taken part in and inspiration from Take One Picture, sponsored by the National Art Gallery London. This project aims to inspire a lifelong love of art and learning.

“Art is a dynamic and unifying activity, with a potentially vital role in the education of our children. The process of drawing, painting or constructing is a complex one in which the child brings together diverse elements of his experience to make a new and meaningful whole. In the process of selecting, interpreting and reforming these elements, he has given us more than a picture or sculpture, he has given us a part of himself: how he thinks, how he feels, how he sees.” Viktor Lowenfield & W Lambert Brittain