The arts are important to us at Featherbank. We are passionate about providing children with a range of experiences and different art forms in order to inspire and enrich their learning.
The children explore and develop their skills and creativity using a wide range of media. Our curriculum is enriched by inviting artists in to school to work with children and staff. We encourage children to explore art in galleries and museums and have our very own art gallery in school.
We have lots of fun in our BIG DRAW week each year, a national event encouraged by 'The Campaign for Drawing'. We also enjoy taking part in the 'Horsforth Walk of Art' (a local community led arts festival) every summer. We were presented with a trophy for our contributions in summer 2016 and a Framed Certificate in 2018 and 2019.
In the Foundation Stage children explore Art through the ‘Expressive Arts and Design’ strand of the curriculum. Through independent and guided exploration of a widening range of media and materials, the children find out about and work with colour, texture, shape, space and form in two and three dimensions.
In Key Stage 1 projects include: Using Mondrian and maps to explore line and shape, exploring tints and tones through Van Gogh's Sunflowers, Peter Thorpe inspired space pictures and sculpture inspired by Henry Moore.
In Key stage 2 projects include:Viking knotwork and runes, a study of Renaissance artists, greek pottery and architectural drawing.
BIG DRAW 2019
'Drawing Changes Lives'
This year's Big Draw was all about the effect of art on wellbeing. We used art to explore communities can work together through creativity to improve our mental health through creativity. Each child contributed to a whole school installation exploring who we are, issues that affect our wellbeing and who we can turn to for support as well as what we can do to help ourselves. Every child enjoyed a visit to the 'Featherbank Art Studio' to explore the theme through a choice of art activities and mediums.
We rounded off the week with a 'creative' dress-up day to raise money for Cancer Research, specifically toward the research the charity is conducting on Art Therapy.