“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” - Thomas Merton
Enabling children to explore their creative side is important. In art lessons at Littlegreen Academy, children are encouraged to develop existing skills as well as explore new media and techniques. The boys can draw, paint, sculpt and are being introduced to digital art. Along the way, they are introduced to, and taught about, practising artists.
Louise, our art teacher, inspires the boys to tap into their individual creativities. In order to maximise engagement and enjoyment, most art lessons are tailored to suit each child’s interests and/or ability. They are supported in producing artwork of their choosing, often resulting in pieces they are immensely proud of, as are we.
We always wait with anticipation to see what they’ll create next.
For Littlegreen Art is all about enjoyment, freedom, expression, communication and celebration. We value the therapeutic effects and the way art can be used to give pupils the opportunity to express their inner thoughts, while helping them to better understand and make sense of their emotions and the world in which they live.
All pupils have the opportunity to access art through the taught curriculum and we have a specialist art teacher who leads the curriculum across the school. We take a thematic approach, linking art across the curriculum. For those pupils who wish to take accredited courses we currently run Arts Award and have the potential to offer GCSE should this be appropriate.
Pupils also have the opportunity to access 1:1 and small group art sessions where they can either focus on further developing their technique or as part of their individual intervention programmes which are highly personalised.
Examples of our pupils’ art are celebrated on our website, on school displays and some are professionally framed and exhibited in reception, the meeting room and various communal spaces around the school.