Art provides a means of expression for all children at Hilltop school regardless of their academic ability. It allows the children to be practical and encourages them to use their imagination in their own way.
Art links into our RECIPE values, especially the enjoyment element. However, not all children will find art as enjoyable as others so the teachers at Hilltop promote and embed the other RECIPE values throughout their art lessons. The teachers encourage all children to try their best and ensure that children feel confident and able to produce a piece of artwork they are proud of. Children are encouraged to persevere and try their best in art. We also encourage children to complete artwork independently, however there are opportunities for the children to work with others which links into our collaboration element.
Teachers at Hilltop stimulate activities through a wide range of resources and visual aids for the children. Art is a great way for cross curricular links as it adds to children’s experiences and depth of understanding in other areas of their learning. From creating their own artwork and looking at the artwork of famous artists linked into their topic. Art and design allow the opportunity for children to develop their skills of colour, form, texture, pattern and their ability to use materials and processes to communicate ideas, feelings and meaning. Art also allows the children to develop their skills in drawing, painting, sculpture and craft and design using a variety of materials.
At Hilltop we have art specialist teaching from our secondary schools in the trust. The teaching focuses on the key skills, including drawing, printing and painting, sculpture. They also look at work based on artists. The specialist teachers focus on upskilling teachers to ensure the highest level of teaching is provided to all pupils. The specialist teachers support teachers with developing teaching ideas and delivering successful art lessons.