Art lessons promote creativity – obviously

They also promote reflection, self-criticism, visual-spatial abilities, and the willingness to learn from mistakes and to experiment.

Which makes art sound like one of the most important subjects in the curriculum, especially as it is closely linked to maths, history and RE and can be used to reinforce knowledge in those areas. Furthermore art is an ideal way of enhancing learning and helping children to make connections across the curriculum.

With this in mind, we have developed our Painting is a Class Act resource for Year 1 to Year 6 pupils, which provides a structured approach to the development of painting skills.

By using a skill-based approach to painting, the children’s standards in art will increase which in turn allows their self-esteem and confidence to grow in all areas.

The series clearly sets out the progression of skills to be taught for colour mixing, colour theory, watercolours, history of painting, using works of art and other techniques and media.

It also gives examples of how the skills can be applied and contains carefully organized, clearly laid-out lesson plans.

And just in case you didn’t believe my opening commentary on art, here’s what a Government spokesperson said to the Guardian recently:

“All children and young people, no matter what their background or family circumstances, should have the opportunity to develop their creativity, their relationship with society and to contribute to the economy in ways that are beneficial to them as individuals and to society.”

(Reported in the Guardian (28 Feb 12) in response to the Henley Review into Cultural Education.)

I do hope you agree.  More information and sample pages are available on our website.

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