Art makes a fundamental contribution to the curriculum. It is a unique form of expression, building powers of analysis, observation, articulation, imagination and the ability to formulate ideas.
Art and design provides students with a creative outlet and a visual and tactile understanding of the world and issues around them. By experimenting with different media and exploring their ideas students will begin to develop skills and opinions, and create a personal response. By investigating the work of others, students gain an understanding into the lives of the artists, and also into different times and cultures.
“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” Picasso
At Copthorne Prep, we have a light and spacious art room with separate storage areas and kiln room. The core elements in which we give the children opportunities to develop include drawing, painting, printmaking, clay/ceramics, photography, sculpture, textiles, 3D, colour, pattern, tone, line, shape, space, texture and form. We hold a biennial arts week, where the children are taken off timetable and take part in workshops for the entire week. Children get the opportunity to work with visiting artists and hold their own art exhibition.
Through art and design at Copthorne Prep, we aim to develop children’s confidence and skills through giving them a range experiences. We hope all children will leave enjoying art and have an appreciation for the arts.