to slow down and to connect with art and

throughout the proj was the creativity th yourself. The visit to

the gallery was inspiring, as at evolved and developed ect.

Why is it important that Art and Design is in the curriculum?

The benefits of art and design within the school

rounded education’. Not only can we enable our curriculum, are a necessary part of a ‘well

pupils to enhance their creative skills but, the subj

self-expression. Being aware of pupils’ wellbeing emotions, communicate their ideas and develop attributes which allow pupils the time to release bject also offers important therapeutic

increasing awareness of the mental health issues is topical discussion within schools as there is an

placed upon pupils today.

see, feel and think. Pupils are inspired to observe create an imaginative response about what they environment where all pupils are encouraged to Our art studio is a busy and vibrant

creating curiosity and self-confidence. This form and interpret the world in which they exist,

of thinking and learning can also be applied to other subj

supported within the school curriculum and drama is recognised and the topics are fully

Do you find that the skills developed in Art and through extracurricular activities.

Art and Design has an obvious link with Design Design, can be utilised in other subjects?

process involved to design a product from start to Technology, in terms of drawing and the creative

transferable skills which can be used in other finish. However, art also provides many

subjects, such as: May 2019

importance of the 'The Arts' including music and bjects. At Beech Hall School, the

• Encouraging creative thinking to think diversely • Technical drawing skill to draw diagrams in other subject areas

• Evaluating their own thoughts and opinions about their own work and others’

• Ability to work independently in researching ideas

• Taking risks and being able to review and change work as it progresses to make a personal response.

What othermethods do you use to engage pupils in Art and Design?

Aside from compulsory lessons within the

curriculum, co-curricular activities are a great way to involve pupils within the subject. Our art department runs an art and pottery club for both KS1 and 2 children afterschool which is well received. The art studio is also open to older pupils at lunchtimes for independent work and extra support.

Displays around the school and within the local

community play an important part in their art education as it celebrates the pupils’ work and their achievements. For example, we have exhibited pupils’ work in several local exhibitions with great success including theMacclesfield Silk Museum,Macclesfield Library and the annual ISA arts and crafts competition.

Within school, we host the annual Beech Hall inter-house Arts Competition and GCSE art

artwork produced b display to share the

impeccably high standard of y our pupils.

Would you recommend similar projects to other schools?

The project was a great success and thoroughly enjoyed by all involved. As we know, Art in schools is becoming less popular, with a

recognised decline in interest in secondary schools and by using ventures like our ‘Fantasy Head’ project, we are able to engage our pupils in the subj

bject and foster an enthusiasm for art from a young age. 71

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