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Itchen Abbas is a rural village on the River Itchen about 4 miles north of Winchester. Within the area Itchen Abbas and other villages close to the main city of Winchester there are local artists who exhibit around the area like Hampshire Open Studios with a range of artistry available. These range from painting, sculpture, ceramics, glass, furniture and even jewellery.

Art and Design provides children with the opportunity to develop and extend skills and an opportunity to express their individual interests, thought and ideas.

A high-quality art and design education should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. As pupils progress, they are able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They also learn how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.

Children use work of famous local, national and international artists to explore and enhance their learning and compare art from now and the past.

Itchen Abbas further develop the children's learning by having whole school ‘Big Art’ days, where the children have the opportunity for collaborative working and exploring the different styles and techniques of a range of artists.

We use a variety of resources in Art and Design to explore other techniques to teach children that Art and Design isn’t just drawing. This will help children to be more engaged and learn about the variety of opportunities for them. For example, in the UK Art and Design come 2nd out of all job roles with Finance as top. Art and Design is used in Media, Gaming and Architecture.

To encourage Art and Design, all children and staff have an art book, where each day they spend 10 minutes sketching something.

Therefore, within our Art and Design Curriculum we will give our children:

  • A good knowledge about local artists in the area (painters, sculptures etc) linking to topics that will support their learning further of techniques and styles.
  • Using a range of mix media to show that Art and Design in today’s society is vast and not just drawing and painting.
  • Encourage children to have a love of Art and Design and that Art and Design is subjective.

Art & Design Intent, Implementation and Impact