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‘Every human is an artist.’  Don Miguel Ruiz

Art Policy


Art is everywhere at St. Paul's school.

Art is used for display for a variety of purposes. It not only creates a welcoming and child friendly environment, but it shows evidence of the learning that has been taking place. Displays are used to challenge and encourage all children as examples of what is possible, and also provide support for learning with key vocabulary, questions and facts.

Why is Art Important?

“Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.”
Leonardo da Vinci

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.”
Pablo Picasso

“You must have chaos within you to give birth to a dancing star.”
Friedrich Nietzsche

Art - Sketchbooks

Sketch books are used for trying out and evaluating ideas and techniques. Work from artists is explored and discussed.

“The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion that stands at the cradle of true art and true science.”
Albert Einstein, The World As I See It

Art - learning about artists and their contribution to our lives and culture.

In every year group we learn about a variety of different artists, famous old artists, modern contemporary artists and local artists. Sometimes we learn purely about their work and their contribution to culture ( eg. Kandinsky to learn about primary and secondary colours) and other times we learn about them alongside another curriculum area, (eg. Elizabeth Wang to deepen learning in R.E.)



Colour mixing and Andy Goldsworthy


Art - for thinking and learning

Art is used in many areas of the curriculum to deepen understanding, extend vocabulary and questioning. In history, literacy, geography and science artefacts and pictures are greatly used to promote questioning, observations and predictions. Vocabulary is developed by learning new words that are necessary to tackle the particular focus.

Art - as discreet learning

We also love developing many different skills through art focus. We recognise the value art has intrinsically, and that which it contributes to other learning. Throughout the school sketchbooks are used to explore ideas, evaluate art by others, learn about artists, from different times and cultures and their contribution, as well as learning the specific skills associated with art.