’The school has a kaleidoscope of experiences to develop their pupils’ creativity, confidence and self-esteem. The impact of this was seen during the inspection in sculpture displays of excellent quality.’
Ofsted Inspection, Dec 2008
We have been awarded the highest possible accreditation from the British Arts’ Council’s Artsmark Gold. We have a wonderful large art studio in the Junior School, has lots of natural light and is fully resourced with an interactive whiteboard. We have a kiln room which is very well used. We have just developed a scheme of work in pottery and are currently preparing a unit in art deco, nouveau and arts and crafts architecture of the local area.
We use Apple Macs and Adobe Photoshop for digital design.
A wide range of visiting artists complement our work and develop our skills. Groups of children throughout their time at Raglan get to work, on a rotating basis, with visiting artists. In the past we have welcomed wood sculptors, stained-glass window makers, willow weavers, modroc mask specialists, screen printer and potters.
Art is taught within an environment which encourages pupils to become resourceful in their approach to work, and to build on basic skills as they progress through the various courses and projects offered.
Art is an inclusive subject at Raglan. Every child has the potential to do well. To this end we have designed our studio to accommodate special needs teaching and all facilities including sinks are accessible.
We hav two art clubs run each week.
Aims and purposes of art and design
Art and design offers opportunities to:
- Stimulate children’s creativity and imagination by providing visual, tactile and sensory experiences and a unique way of understanding and responding to the world;
- Develop children’s understanding of colour, form, texture, pattern and their ability to use materials and processes to communicate ideas, feelings and meanings;
- Explore with children ideas and meanings in the work of artists, craftspeople and designers, and help them learn about their different roles and about the functions of art, craft and design in their own lives and in different times and cultures;
- Help children to learn how to make thoughtful judgements and aesthetic and practical decisions and become actively involved in shaping environments.
During their time at The Raglan School, we seek to develop children’s creativity and imagination by building on their knowledge, skills and understanding of materials and processes through providing more complex activities.
Children’s experiences help them to develop their understanding of the diverse roles and functions of art and design in the locality and in the wider world.