At Milton, Art is taught from reception to year 6, teaching a scheme of Art every other term, alternating with Design Technology. Art is something that contributes to all areas of our lives, even beyond school. Everything around us has some link to an artist or art-inspired concept and it is important for children to gain more understanding of this.
Why is it important to learn about Art?
Learning through and about the arts enriches the experience of studying while at school as well as preparing children for life after school.
- Arts subjects encourage self-expression and creativity and can build confidence as well as a sense of individual identity.
- Creativity can also help with wellbeing and improving health and happiness
- Studying arts subjects also help to develop critical thinking and the ability to interpret the world around us.
- Working in the arts helps learners to develop creative problem-solving skills.
- Art instruction helps children with the development of motor skills, language skills, social skills, decision-making, risk-taking, and inventiveness.
- Visual arts teach learners about colour, layout, perspective, and balance: all techniques that are necessary in presentations (visual, digital) of academic work.
- Arts experiences boost critical thinking, teaching students to take the time to be more careful and thorough in how they observe the world.
- The arts provide challenges for learners at all levels.
- Art education connects students with their own culture as well as with the wider world.