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.
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.
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.
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.
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.