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At Whittington Primary School, we know that the arts play a fundamental role in developing the child. We want children to love art and enjoy being creative. We believe that all children should have access to the arts.

Children should have high quality art lessons that inspire them to think creatively, learn new artistic knowledge and skills and nurture a lifelong love of art.

Our art curriculum has been carefully planned to ensure that children have access to a wide range of artists, art movements and art skills. Throughout school, children will be given exciting opportunities to develop their skills and knowledge in drawing, painting, printing, collage, textiles, 3D work and digital art.

At Whittington, we have linked carefully chosen artists and art movements with cross curricula links to ensure that children have opportunities to explore topics in greater depth through art. For example, while learning about the Stone Age, children explored the links between cave art and street art looking at the works of Banksy before creating their own Banksy inspired cave art. Through the use of sketchbooks, all children are given the opportunity to explore ideas, reflect, develop and evaluate. In the words of Henri Matisse ‘An artist is an explorer’.

For more information on the progression in art throughout school please see our art progression map