We all have God-given talents – our expression of these is necessarily different. Christians should appreciate and accept others, respecting creativity and achievement without overlooking flaws. It feels natural to celebrate God and his world through artistic expression, yet this is problematic in the Bible. Those who worship false idols, or who presume to know the likeness of God find their works torn down. More often than not, the doubts around ‘art’ in the Bible are due to the associations with shows of wealth and status. The true artist does not seek to curry favour or approval, but finds a path to personal expression which is singular and individual, much like faith. Art and Design can show a deep appreciation for the world around us, including the built environment. Art can also transcend spoken and written language to highlight injustices and call people to take action.
NC Programme of Study Aims
The national curriculum for art and design aims to ensure that all pupils:
Every Child Is an Artist – Pablo Picasso
Our aim at All Saints’ is to develop and encourage the children’s natural creativity so that they can become confident and enthusiastic artists. Through our teaching of art, which happens not only in the school but in our local environment and during our trips to art galleries, we hope to develop each pupil’s knowledge, understanding and enjoyment of art and design. We aim to give the children a wide exposure to a great variety of artists, designers and craftsmen as well as the opportunity to use different art techniques, from a diverse range of cultures both past and present.
Each child has a hard-backed sketch book which they add to during their time at All Saints’ and which documents the progression of their drawing skills. The children take part in a variety of Art Competitions and have benefited enormously from involvement in the ‘Take one Picture’ initiative at the National Gallery, where their work was exhibited.
Below is just a small insight into some of the creative accomplishments made by children throughout the school at All Saints’.