Art is an integral part of the curriculum at Eliot Bank. Every term has a new focus which is shared across the whole school from Early Years to Year 6, incorporating themes and skills such as using a famous artist for inspiration. The Arts Team ensures that all staff are led and trained in the techniques we use, so that the children make good progress in their own skills. So far we have been learning about the skills of Textiles and Printing, as well as Portraiture and Colour mixing.
In the Autumn term this year, our focus was Sketching and Painting throughout the whole school. During our termly Dads’ Breakfast last year we introduced the basic skills of colour mixing, over coffee and croissants. All of the end results and amazing works of art are on display around school.
As part of our response to the new curriculum, all children have been using high quality sketchbooks to show their responses and to record the progression of their skills.
We are also fortunate to have a great relationship with the team at Dulwich Picture Gallery. Each year, many pupils get to work with an expert from the Gallery. Some children were visited in their classroom, while others went to take part in workshops at the Gallery’s own studio. This partnership with Dulwich Picture Gallery continues this year, working with both key stage 1 and key stage 2 classes. Year 4 are taking part in a special project called “Past Stories/Future Voices” . It will enable the children to take ownership of the gallery’s collection, focussing on the architecture of historical gallery building, the gallery’s world class collections of old masters, and on the local history and heritage.
At Eliot Bank, we like to celebrate all the children’s work and we have had many Art displays and exhibit around our school. Whenever you are in school do look around and see all the creativity on display.
Rose Grovsenor, Arts Team Leader