The philosophy of the Art Department in our school is to inspire all pupils to experiment with a range of skills without the fear of failure. We encourage the children to believe that in Art there is no wrong answer, just a personal interpretation.
At the Foundation stage, the children are encouraged to communicate their ideas and feelings through creative activities. Art allows the children to explore and experiment. As they express their creativity, they draw upon their imagination and originality.
As the children move into Prep. 2 and Lower Transitus, they continue to experiment with a range of techniques and materials. They are also introduced to appropriate technical vocabulary, so that they have the means to express their aims and evaluate their success.
By acting as role models, working along side the children, the teachers can encourage them to comment on and discuss their work. This helps each pupil to learn to critically evaluate their own work.
As the children progress into the Junior section of our school, Art retains its importance. It provides visual, tactile and sensory experiences and a unique way of understanding and responding to the world.
Through Art and Design activities, the children learn to make informed value judgements and practical decisions. They learn a variety of skills and techniques and are then required to apply these skills to produce an end product.
As part of the Art curriculum, the children are introduced to the work of a variety of artists, crafts people and designers. They learn about the role of Art and Design in contemporary life and in different times and cultures.
St. John's holds an annual Art Exhibition in June during which wine and strawberries are served. It is a very special evening for both pupils and parents, affording the school an opportunity to display the work of all our boys and girls who are justifiably proud of their achievements.