‘Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life’ – Pablo Picasso
‘Creativity takes courage’ – Henri Matisse
‘A mistake is simply an opportunity to be creative’ – The Blue Coat School Art Room
A Creative Haven
In a busy and pressurised world, the Art Department at The Blue Coat School provides a haven, where ideas can flow freely and messy experimenting provides a no fail environment for learning. Pupils gain a solid grounding in the key skills of drawing, painting, clay and more.
Art at The Blue Coat School leads to a secure and fearless ‘can do’ attitude to the subject, which is underpinned by Art History and a thirst to be creative. At its core, respect for the individual is nurtured and curiosity about art from other cultures is encouraged.
The children in Prep visit the Art Studio for their weekly lessons which happen on a half-termly rotation with Design and Technology. However, Art actually begins right from when a pupil first joins the Buttons Nursery and continues through Pre-Prep as the children move up the School.
Develop, Stimulate and Excite
At The Blue Coat School, we seek to provide an environment, safe from criticism, in which your child may explore and develop his/her own creativity; where each pupil’s perspective is understood and supported. The children learn to manipulate and experiment with different forms of media and they are encouraged to use their imagination and to ‘think outside of the box’.
Art benefits from cross-curricular learning and there are opportunities to marry the creative with the children’s studies of World War One History and Religion, to name just two examples. Opportunities to flourish come through after school clubs and the Arts Award programme. The children benefit from workshops with Artists-in-Residence, such as a landscape architect, graphic designer and sculptor. The children’s work is regularly exhibited at regional and national Art Exhibitions and Competitions. Pupils also visit the nearby Barber Institute where they can be inspired to consider how talents can take them into Art as a career path.
‘Can do’ Artists
Visitors are always welcome to drop in to The Blue Coat School Art Department. Please come and visit us, spend time relaxing and being creative. We want you to leave feeling calm and energised – our aim is for our visitors to leave as a ‘Can Do’ artists.