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Junior School


Every child is an artist at Southdale


“It is the function of art to renew our perception. What we are familiar with we cease to see. The artist shakes up the familiar scene, and as if by magic, we see a new meaning in it”

Anais Nin


Southdale prides itself in providing high quality, rich, diverse and stimulating experiences in the teaching of art and is committed to creativity – not just in the arts, but across the whole curriculum.
Art is not a self-contained subject but draws on Key Skills and the use of knowledge, skills and understanding from other subjects. Other curriculum subjects often provide the context in which Art takes place, so that pupils’ Art experience supports and reinforces their development across the whole curriculum.

Our aims are to:

  • Enable pupils to gain personal satisfaction and joy
  • Provide a way of gaining self knowledge and self-confidence
  • Give an opportunity to express ideas and feelings in order to develop imagination, creativity, innovation and fantasy
  • Develop skills of spatial awareness and visual aptitude
  • Develop a critical appreciation of cultures through discussion, twinning projects, visits and galleries, so heightening aesthetic awareness and sensitivity
    provide problem solving and design making opportunities, enabling children to plan and execute art projects
  • Give the capability to use tools, equipment and materials safely
  • Enable pupils to become reflective of their own work and other peoples and become self-directed in their learning
  • Help develop language skills by critical analyses
  • Help pupils to gain acquisition of a working vocabulary relevant to the subject
Year 3 cave paintings!
Year 3 enjoyed creating Andy Warhol inspired pop art paintings

2015 - 2016


Year 5 enjoyed creating their rainforest animal using clay and experimenting with different tools - primarily the garlic press which proved very effective for creating hair and whiskers! 

Over Autumn term, Year 5 carried out an artist study all about Van Gogh. After researching and evaluating his artwork, the children recreated one of his most well-known paintings, 'Starry Night' by using short brush strokes and swirls to build texture
 In Year 5, the children have used chalk pastels to create a variety of vibrant Rainforest animals. We looked at how we could use the pastel to create different textures and effects.