Expressive arts and design involves enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play, and design and technology.
‘Every child is an artist’ – Pablo Picasso
At Beddington Infants’ School, we understand that all children are artists. They are encouraged to grow as imaginative individuals and to experience a range of creative experiences. From performance, visual arts to music, our children are involved in a host of activities which allow them to develop new skills, express themselves and discover hidden talents.
Our creative curriculum identifies the contribution that the arts, craft and design makes to children’s creative and cultural development, making use of local resources and creative practitioners working in the local community.
The basis for good early years practice in helping children develop their creativity, is adults who know how to encourage them and model activity, but not control the creative process.
In the Early Years Foundation Stage, Expressive Arts and Design is broken down into two aspects:
Exploring and Using Media and Materials
In KS1 children will be able to :
use a range of materials creatively to design and make products
use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination
develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space
discuss the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers, describing the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, and making links to their own work.