Creative Arts have always been one of my favourite subjects. When I was at school I looked forward to Art and DT lessons on a Friday afternoon and I still enjoy creating today.
Art is a very therapeutic and relaxing pastime. It can help children to escape the world around them and immerse themselves in another culture or place or time. I believe it is important to teach Art and DT very closely with Topic work, as good art and design is always born in the time and place it was created, reflecting beliefs and cultures. Art is very diverse and is instinctual – Stone Age man created art work on the walls of their caves and decorated the pots they drank from. People have always felt the need to represent what they have experienced visually and I aim to teach your children how to do this, using art work from history as an inspiration
Design Technology is a huge part of our modern life. Everything around us has been designed and made and modified. In DT lessons the children are taught to have an idea and make it, while all the time reflecting on how it can be improved. This is such an important life skill for the next generation to learn – that we are never the ‘finished article’; we are continually learning and improving ourselves as we go through our lives.
Art and DT have the power to challenge and change opinions, to stimulate and calm. As Creative Arts Leader I want to pass on the passion I have to the children, so they in turn look at the world in a different way, so they challenge and question.