Art plays an important part of school life at Goose Green. Each class from Year 1 to Year 6 visits the dedicated art room for an hour a week and is taught by specialist teacher Miss Hopkins. Nursery and Reception children are guided through a weekly art activity by Miss McInroy who also supports focus groups in the art room and teaches two popular after school art clubs.
Art projects link to each year group topic and provide a cross curricular route for learning topics such as the Amazon rainforest, ancient Egyptians and China. The art curriculum is designed so children have the opportunity to learn and experiment with different kinds of art throughout the year for example drawing, painting, sculpture and printmaking. We are lucky enough to have our own kiln! Each lesson has a skills based focus which is developed year on year. As well as learning a range of artistic techniques the children also get the opportunity to express themselves and communicate ideas both individually and collaboratively in a different way to what they may experience in their classroom. The process and learning throughout a lesson or half termly project is seen as being equally as important as the outcome or ‘final piece’.
A summer art exhibition sees all of the children’s hard work throughout the year displayed and celebrated by the whole school community. This is a highlight of the year and is greatly enjoyed by children, parents and staff. As well as the children exhibiting their art, the whole school is involved and parents, staff and artists also use this an opportunity to inspire children with their individual art, design and craft projects.
Art trips provide the children with a rich stimulus and source of inspiration to begin their own projects and encourage engagement and discussion around a range of different artworks. In the past we have visited the Imperial War Museum to learn about WWII by looking at war art and have also created our own paper cut outs when visiting the Tate Modern to see the work of Henri Matisse. We are lucky enough to be in close proximity to Dulwich Picture Gallery (England's first public art gallery which houses over 600 paintings) and are regular visitors, taking part in both gallery discussions and workshops in the education studio. Visiting artist workshops share specific techniques and engage children to take part in whole class projects such as sculpting willow sticks to create 3D animals.