Art is presented in a lively and interesting way throughout the school, the emphasis being on learning through fun, discovery and an increasing use of knowledge and skills.
The Art syllabus provides a broad range of opportunities where each year group investigate and/or are taught the following elements;
- Printing/Graphic Design
- Artists/History of Art
The majority of children from Years 3 – 8 also have a portfolio in which all 2D artwork is stored.
The children are encouraged to explore Art in its widest sense and the influence of other curriculum subjects is always important. Whenever appropriate, visits to Art Galleries, Exhibitions and Museums provide a useful extension of work covered in the classroom, or provides new exciting opportunities on project based work.
The school has a specialised Art and Design Room where an extensive range of facilities including a kiln, screen printing, and silk painting are found.
There are also various after school clubs; pottery, painting, craft, photograph and textiles are offered.
With the expansion of the school, permanent artworks have been commissioned from various classes to celebrate children’s achievements and creativity.
The allocation of Art at CPS is as follows:
EYFS: Nursery and Reception
Art is mainly topic based
Junior School: Years 1 to 4
Art is mainly topic based although some discrete lessons are taught. From Year 3 children use a sketchbook to record, research and explore their ideas.
Senior School: Years 5-8
Pupils are taught in the purpose built Art Room by the Head of Department. The importance of thorough, good quality preparation, usually in sketch, is paramount, so that the majority of the lesson can be given over to practical work.
Whole School Art Projects
When appropriate (for example at Christmas) the whole school combines to create themed displays.
Artists In Residence Scheme
In recent years, all CPS children from Reception to Year 8 have benefited from a self-generated Art Fund. In-house festivals and exhibitions of painting, 3D and photography have raised enough money to invite artists from other cultures to share their expertise.
2013 – Anita Osborne (theme based on our 75th Anniversary) Anita specialises in textiles, felt making in particular. The whole school thoroughly enjoyed making wall hangings, handmade felt objects and learning a plethora of new skills.
2011 – Joanna Qui, Leanne Cheong, Teresa Paiva ( China – two week residency). The whole school appreciated the skills of these three talented artists; specifically dance, music and art, with much delightful work being produced as a result.
2009 – Emma Reynard ( Britain – three months residency). Emma specialises in mosaics and spent summer term 2009 at CPS inspiring the children to create the wonderful mosaics which now adorn the walls of the school. There are still many more to go on display.
Such a long and ambitious residency was made possible by the generous sponsorship of the PTA.
2007 – David Lukani Odwar ( Africa – two weeks residency). David is a sculptor who shared his love of all things African with the CPS pupils. The children created masks out of clay which they decorated with found objects. They explored the culture and landscape of the Gulu district and Lake Victoria in Uganda. In October David returned to CPS to talk about his charity TAKS which gives displaced African children an opportunity to enjoy art.
2005 – Monisha Bharadwaj ( India – a week residency). Children discovered much of the history and culture of the country as well as creating Tree of Life cards, Goddess Durga masks, Wali drawings and paintings, rangoli, dance, story telling, cookery.