A sense of wonder is something to be treasured and developed in every child. One of the best ways of doing this is through the Arts.
In the Nursery and Reception classes at Eton End, Art is used to encourage holistic education and development. The delight of the children is evident as they paint, draw and create sculptures. The classrooms have a Creative Area where the children develop their artistic skills independently. Projects include expressive painting and modelling based on the work of artists such as Howard Hodgkin and Edgar Degas. A thematic, cross-curricular approach is adopted when topics such as Divali are undertaken.
Eton End pupils receive specialist instruction from Year 2 onwards, in a purpose-built Art and Design Technology Room. Here they can develop their aesthetic sensibilities and creative skills, as well as gaining independence and forming opinions. Through Art and Design Technology, children are given an opportunity to see the wider world and a means to share their vision of it.
Anyone who walks around the busy classrooms and corridors will see the colour and vibrancy of the children’s art and design work. They produce work which ranges from cam toys to motorised vehicles, portraits in the style of Hans Holbein to lino-prints inspired by William Morris and sculptures inspired by Alberto Giacometti, with opportunities to explore the human figure. There is always a happy buzz in the Art and DT Room, as new projects evolve.
The children are encouraged to develop a sense of community and pride in their environment, through their involvement in the creation of back drops for drama productions. There are annual trips to The National Gallery and The Victoria and Albert Museum, which help to broaden understanding of Art and the role of Design and the school takes a cross-curricular approach the National Gallery’s annual Take One Picture initiative.
Art and Creative Clubs feature regularly on the school’s extra-curricular programme. In Forms 5 and 6, children are given the opportunity to attend Art Scholarship Club to help build a portfolio of work which could contribute to applications for Art Scholarships in their future schools.
Art competitions, principally the annual Christmas Art Competition, encourage pupils to use their creative skills at home and always prove popular. Over half the school’s pupils enter each year. The resulting display of children’s work always creates a festive focal point for parents and pupils to enjoy.