Creative Arts

Creative Arts

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. Children can communicate what they see, feel and think, through the use of colour, texture, form, pattern and different materials and processes. They explore ideas and meanings through the work of artists and designers.   We give children rich first hand experiences and opportunities to develop creativity and imagination with a range materials, tools and techniques.  Creative Arts can take the form of sculpture, ceramics, print making, painting or dance and drama and is incorporated into topic work.


Arts Mark Award

We are working towards gaining the Artsmark Award for the School.  Artsmark is Arts Council England’s flagship programme to enable schools and other organisations to evaluate, strengthen and celebrate their arts and cultural provision.

Frequently asked questions

Do children get to meet professional artists?

We provide many opportunities for children to meet with or observe artists at work. Local artists such as Colin Booth, Helen Brown and others have been into school to work with the children and classes have visited Colin’s studios at Bexhill as well as Victoria Albuquerque’s studio in Halland. We also invite musicians, craftspeople and performers into school to run workshops with children.

Do children visit art galleries?

We highly value the real-life experience of visiting art galleries and have taken children to exhibitions both locally at the Towner, The Jerwood Gallery and galleries in London such as the Hockney exhibition at the Royal Academy.

Is children's work displayed in school?

At Annan we place a great importance on displaying children’s work in a way which reflects its value. There are examples of children’s work in frames around school and each class has ongoing displays which change regularly.

Do children get to use IT in creative arts?

Children use animation software  to make short films.  They also use cameras and tablet computers to take still and video images and are taught to use photo editing software and software such as Paint to create pictures.

What opportunities are there for drama?

Drama is fully integrated into the topic work.  children have opportunities for improvised drama in class time as well as performing stories within class or at whole school gatherings or in front of an audience of parents.