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Art and Design at St Marie's Catholic Primary School


“Art is not just a subject to learn, but an activity that you can practise with your hands, your eyes, your whole personality.” Quentin Blake



At St Marie's Catholic Primary School, we are committed to providing all children in our school with the opportunity to engage, develop and succeed in Art within the curriculum. We believe that art stimulates creativity, imagination and inventiveness. As a school, we pride ourselves in inspiring children regardless of their background, language and or educational needs through the high quality teaching we provide.


We believe that art, craft and design enables some of the highest form of human creativity and through providing a rich high-quality education in art, we will inspire and challenge our children through providing them with the knowledge, skills and equipment to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and  design.


Art should be used as a tool to enable the children to communicate what they see, feel and think. Children should experiment with their ideas, their use of colour, texture, form, pattern and different materials and processes. Self evaluation of work is encouraged and children are taught how to be resilient to achieve their goals. 


At St Marie’s we emphasise the use of natural environment and look to our new gardens for inspiration. The children are often taken outside to draw in the natural light and under the trees within our wonderful grounds.


In St Marie’s every child is given their own sketchbook which is passed up through their time in school. We use sketchbooks to record experience and imagination, to help the children develop their ideas and to show progression in their artistic ability. We encourage children to work on their own and collaborate with others on projects.


As our pupils progress, they will be able to develop the skill to critically think and develop a more in depth understanding of art and design. Throughout their time at St Marie’s, our pupils will know how art and design both reflects and shapes our history and contributes to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.


In our school we strive to utilise cross curriculum links throughout all subjects and therefore art is not taught in just designated Art lesson but wherever it can be appropriately linked to topics and the wider curriculum. We believe this is essential as it gives our children the opportunity to bring their own unique creativity and imagination into topics bringing them to life. We use our special whole school curriculum days to bring in a love of art, and create whole school displays. Children also explore ideas and meanings through the work of artists and designers.


As a school, we focus on giving our children long lasting memories when learning about Art. To achieve this, we often invite specialist artists in to work with the children, to inspire them and challenge their thinking and creativity. We give children the opportunities to visit museums and galleries, developing their skills of observation and evaluation. We also regularly celebrate and recognise the work children bring into school from home on our school twitter and during assemblies.


Please check out all the fantastic Art each class has produced this year below.


Miss Farrelly-Treanor


Art Coordinator

Celebrating Art at St Marie's

A Snapshot of Art and Design at St Marie's Catholic Primary School