There is a carefully planned scheme of work which focuses on skill progression from Early Years to Year 6. At the start of the Prep Department in Year 3, children are taught by a specialist teacher and have an hour of Art each week.
They experience a wide range of creative activities. These include observational drawing, painting, collage, printmaking and textiles. The children also explore various types of three dimensional skills such as clay and wire work. They are encouraged to work collaboratively as well as on their own individual pieces.
Wherever possible children are encouraged to take the initiative and develop projects in their own individual way. They are actively involved in evaluating their progress and enjoy to be challenged. This approach gives our children the opportunity to achieve high standards whilst having much creative fun. They are encouraged to participate in local and national competitions and we have a good track record of achieving Art Scholarships in Oxfordshire senior schools.
To enhance the children’s experience of Art further, they go on several Art trips to centres such as Roche Court Sculpture Park, Tate Modern and The Corinthian Museum. Culture Day and our Manor Arts Festival also give them a chance to embrace Art alongside the other Arts.
We are delighted that The Manor has joined the prestigious Artsmark Award and has been awarded the silver status. Artsmark is The Arts Council England’s award for schools who champion The Arts. As an Artsmark school we actively celebrate across the curriculum including Art, Design Technology, Music and Drama.