We believe the process of making should be an adventure, a journey of self expression, an opportunity to respond to the world imaginatively.
During the Art Journey sessions we aim to promote a love and enthusiasm for making, to consolidate an understanding of the creative process, and to develop self assurance through participation.
The Art Journey Programme comprises of the six foundation blocks of art and craft skills:
Drawing and Painting: Exploring mark making, graphic media, scale, colour, form, and composition.
Textiles and Printmaking: investigating graphic design, repeat pattern making, using stencils, resist, and mask printing processes creatively.
Collage and 3D Construction: using assemblage techniques, photo montage, creating bass relief sculpture, modelling shape and form in mixed and traditional media.
The workshops take place in school over one week (or once a week for five weeks). All the techniques we teach can be tailored to early years, key stage one, or key stage two children.
The areas of study can be adapted to focus on a specific skill set, for example we specialise in ceramics and 3-D construction.
Arts Journeys include one teachers inset, to encourage and promote sustainable art practice within the school.
The ‘hands on’ making session aims to assist teachers in working with low tech equipment, and materials in an innovative and resourceful way.
In addition to the positive learning outcomes for the participating students and school, we create an online blog documenting each schools Arts Journey experience.
This also provides a platform to share and celebrate the creative outcomes with the wider school community.
Any individual art process or workshop has a diverse array of curriculum links including…
- In literacy responding to descriptive language and stories, extending ideas, group discussion, sharing opinions, and developing descriptive vocabulary.
- In science discovering materials, exploring surface, light and dark, changes of state, cause and effect.
- In numeracy, creating and describing shapes, pattern, and symmetry, looking at positive/negative space, and experimenting with scale.
- In citizenship doing group work, listening to other peoples thoughts and feelings, respecting the differences between people, and cultures, through art forms.
- In ICT using tools for mark making, developing/recording ideas, and building research skills.
- In DT design, joining, construction, and evaluation.
- In social development and awareness, enriching knowledge of art history, natural forms, geography, and world culture.
- In music, echoing the relationship between movement and expression, rhythm and sequence.
We hope you join us on an Arts Journey very soon!