Our Specialist Art Studio
At Colmers Farm Primary School, we are very proud of our art studio and the teaching and learning that takes place within this space. We have a specialist art teacher (Mrs Oliver) who leads all of the art and design and technology lessons which take place within this, along with weekly parental workshops for our reception children and their parents.
Few primary schools have such a dedicated facility for art and design and technology. We believe that our pupils develop a range of experiences, skills, knowledge and qualities through using regularly using this space and from being taught by our specialist teacher.
The Origins of Our Art Studio
In the Autumn Term of 2019/2020, Excelsior MAT launched an innovation competition amongst the schools within the MAT. To win this competition, a school had to come up with an idea and to pitch it to a Dragons Den style of panellists. As a school we really wanted to enhance teaching and learning within art and design and technology as we felt that there were a lot of advantages to this. We also felt that regular lessons in this could be used to enhance our PPA provision within school. We therefore pitched for a brand-new art studio and a specialist art and design teacher to teach these lessons.
And… We won!
See the images below which show the transformation of an old stock cupboard at our school into our art studio.
|Our starting point|
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|The end product|
Why an Art Studio and Specialist Teacher?
“Art transforms lives as well as being a vital part of our economy. It is incredible to see how it can change a child, Unlocking their talent, building resilience, confidence and communication skills. These are skills needed for any job. The arts need to be integrated into the [school] curriculum, not just seen as a nice thing to do.”
Andria Zafirakou, 2018 Varkey Foundation Global Prize Winner and Art and Textiles Teacher, Alperton community School, The Times, 3 April 2018.
Regular, outstanding art and design and technology teaching and learning we believe
- Enhances pupils
- self esteem, - resilience, - communication skills,
- confidence, - creativity, - self-expression,
- critical thinking - imagination, - problem solving skills;
- Encourages risk taking;
- Develops further our pupils’ cultural capital;
- Helps us to develop even more pupils’ talents and interests further both within and outside of school;
- Reduces stress and can lead to improved school attendance;
- Enhances our PPA curriculum offer;
- Helps to prepare pupils for jobs within the STEAM sector (science, technology, engineering, arts and maths).
Our Art Studio in Action
Our pupils love visiting our art studio each week and the learning they have produced and the progress they have made since its inception has been amazing. See below some photos of our art studio in action and some of the learning which has been created.