A: Allowing children to develop their creativity
R: Rich, varied and exciting curriculum
T: Through exploration
Art at the Pre-Prep provides children with a unique way of perceiving themselves and the world, which is essential to basic education.
Art and design stimulates creativity and imagination. It provides visual, tactile and sensory experiences and a special way of understanding and responding to the world. It enables children to communicate what they see, feel and think through the use of colour, texture, form, pattern, different materials and processes. Children become involved in shaping their environments through art and design activities.
They learn to make informed judgements and aesthetic and practical decisions. They explore ideas and meanings through the work of artists and designers. Through learning about the roles and functions of art, they can explore the impact it has had on contemporary life and that of different times and cultures. The appreciation and enjoyment of the visual arts enriches all our lives.
We also explore art through many cross curricular activities including music, dance, forest school where they build a relationship between nature and art, role play and imaginative play. The value of drama activities is that they are shared by all and not only do they enhance structured learning, but also develop social and personal learning too. Observing children playing without adult intervention reveals innate ‘drama’ skills such as the ability to create, adopt and sustain roles, to interact with others in an imagined setting and to communicate feelings and atmosphere.