What is ART?
Art is a diverse range of human activities in creating visual, auditory or performing artefacts – artworks, expressing the author's imaginative or technical skill, intended to be appreciated for their beauty or emotional power. In their most general form these activities include the production of works of art, the criticism of art, the study of the history of art, and the aesthetic dissemination of art.
The oldest form of art are visual arts, which include creation of images or objects in fields including painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, and other visual media. Architecture is often included as one of the visual arts; however, like the decorative arts, it involves the creation of objects where the practical considerations of use are essential—in a way that they usually are not in a painting, for example. Music, theatre, film, dance, and other performing arts, as well as literature and other media such as interactive media, are included in a broader definition of art or The Arts. Until the 17th century, art referred to any skill or mastery and was not differentiated from crafts or Sciences. In modern usage after the 17th century, where aesthetic considerations are paramount, the fine arts are separated and distinguished from acquired skills in general, such as the decorative or applied arts.
At Immanuel and St Andrew, we recognise the importance of creativity and encourage the development of interest and ability in the arts. Arts are widely regarded by governments, businesses and communities as fundamental to social, economic, technological and cultural growth. At Immanuel and St Andrew, we believe that creativity in education is a necessity, nurturing imagination and curiosity and we support the children to express themselves positively and encourage them to unveil their talents enabling them to gain confidence. Creativity and imagination is used as a learning tool to provide rich experiences, promote positive attitudes and raise achievement both academically and emotionally. As part of our Christian ethos, the arts enables our pupils to grow creatively, develop a sense of pride in their own ideas and creates a sense of belonging.
The progression through the arts is supported by a creative art curriculum meticulously integrated within the wider curriculum that has been carefully planned to encourage children to experience and investigate arts through music, performance, D&T and visual arts discussing, reflecting upon their creative process and developing their own ideas. The school undertakes several whole school projects along the year which allow a platform for the art work to be exhibited, performed and celebrated.
Within the art skills, the children investigate and experiment different techniques such as etching, drawing, painting, sculpting, collage, printing and mixed media allowing children to work with clay, pencils, pastels, paint, inks, watercolours amongst others.
Immanuel and St Andrew works in partnership with Lambeth Music Service, independent artists and Southbank Centre to enable students to learn from and with professionals of the Arts.