Statement of Intent: 

The aim of teaching Art at St. John’s Stonefold is to stimulate creativity and imagination. It provides visual, tactile, and sensory experiences and a unique way of understanding and responding to the world. Through art and design activities, our pupils learn to make informed value judgements and aesthetic decisions.  They explore ideas and meanings in the work of artists, craftspeople and designers. Children learn about the diverse roles and functions of art, craft and design in contemporary life, and in different times and cultures.

The main aims of teaching Art in our school are:

  • To stimulate curiosity in Art.
  • To develop and embed fine and gross motor skills which enable children to use a range of tools competently.
  • To provide opportunities for experimentation with as many different media as possible.
  • To explore the different tools, techniques and methods used for each medium.
  • To develop an understanding of the concepts of line, shape, space, colour, texture, pattern and function.
  • To work with a wide variety of styles and forms of Art from a range of periods and cultures.
  • To promote spiritual development in a personal way through creative work.
  • To ensure children have significant time for deliberate practice.
  • To explore and use different artistic methods that develop practical art skills and knowledge.

‘Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. A high-quality
art and design education should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with
the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and
design. As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more
rigorous understanding of art and design. They should also know how art and design both
reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our

Quote from the National Curriculum 2013


Art policy