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Art Curriculum

The visual arts program is a fully integrated and important learning area. It helps with the development of the whole child by giving opportunities for creative expression and by developing concentration and fine motor skills. Through studying art, children develop visual literacy, and an understanding of cultural symbols and the importance of artistic expression as a means of communication. The children learn about artist’s practice and see themselves as artists creating art works.

“In fact it was Leonardo da Vince along with the other artists of the Renaissance who elevated the understanding of an artist to the way it is perceived today, as someone who has the power to interpret and to transform man’s understanding of himself. Previously, in Medieval times, artists were really regarded as artisans working in studios, perhaps working on a piece of another master. Leonardo thought long and hard about what it was to be an artist, he felt that through observation that man would discover the laws of nature that the true artist would go beyond mere copying of nature and come to a direct understanding of it. Leonardo examined all parts of the human body and how it worked, he drew from observation and he felt that the five senses were connected to the organ of perception, where the senses met in one particular spot, directly behind the eyes, which was the seat of the soul

“Who could believe that so small a space could contain the images of all the universe? The eye is the window of the human body through which it feels its way and enjoys the beauty of the world.” - Leonardo da Vinci (from Vasari)

The children’s work is grounded in drawing: firstly from observation of natural forms, and then still life, mark making, pattern making, portraiture, landscape and creative drawing. This basis in drawing naturally leads to the other disciplines such as print making, painting, architectural drawing and illustration and can be combined with other forms such as painting and photography. Drawing provides the opportunity for using different tools and medium for example pencil, charcoal, pastels, crayon, wax, felt pens and ink etc. Also the experience of working on different surfaces from rice paper to drawing on ceramic objects.

As Paul Klee says, “a line is a dot that went for a walk” so the children begin by discovering line and what it does. All drawings are made up of a series of line: heavy, light, wiggly and so on.

Lines are also expressive, conveying feeling and emotion: what sort of lines would convey a rainy, dark day, a turbulent sea or leaves being lightly tossed by the wind, the fur of a kitten or the feathers of a bird, someone who is angry or someone who is calm?

The ability to observe and give focused attention is an integral part of drawing; the children begin by drawing objects from nature or the thousand things around them. To begin to see what we are looking at, is the beginning of observational drawing and to see is to draw, if you can see the object in front of you, you can draw it, thereby creating within oneself a rich library of visual images that can be drawn on when engaged in design work and creative drawing.

‘From the age of 6 I drew the thousand things around me’ the children love to hear how Katsushika Hokusai drew the thousand things around him. 

John Colet School students too draw the thousand things around them from objects from nature, the trees and plants in the grounds of the school, the clouds, Cézanne’s beloved apples, vegetables, fruit, flowers and still life, as well as portraits and landscapes.  Our students are continually engaged with drawing, looking and experiencing the colour and forms of the world around them.  

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