Art and design

We are incredibly lucky to have our very own Artist in Residence (Atelier) at Haltwhistle Academy.  Ceramic artist, Mrs May has been a member of our school team for several years, working mainly in our early years department.  Our new school site will retain its wonderful light filled art studio with kiln and we are excited about the incredible opportunities which will be made available to our children with this combination of expertise and fantastic facilities.  

Our goal is for every child to experience the richness of the arts. Promoting participation, self-expression, reflection and enjoyment, we recognise the overwhelmingly positive benefits of an arts education for young people. At Haltwhistle Academy, our art and design curriculum has been designed to help all children realise their potential and to be able to delight in their creative achievements. 

In our purpose-built art room (complete with kiln!), children will be able to explore a wide range of materials, learning new skills and techniques that demonstrate a clear progression from EYFS – year 6. Children are supported and encouraged to develop their confidence and fluency in drawing, painting, and sculpture, both in lessons and during open-studio times, which all children are welcome to access.

The skills that our children learn in art and design – such as critical thinking, creativity and problem-solving – are intrinsically linked to all other areas of the curriculum. Arts education is a vital part of a young person’s broader cultural education. Through artistic exploration, children develop a sense of the wider world around them, and in doing so, gain an understanding of our cultural heritage and creative futures, and of their own identities.

In addition to a weekly taught session, children will be able to access our art studio for their own exploration of art during lunchtimes and after school.  

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