“Pupils’ artistic skills are highly developed as a result of the school’s guidance that enables them to discover and explore their talents.” ISI
Creativity and imagination find expression in the performing and visual arts. From Art, Music, Drama and Dance, the Arts play an important role in the 21st Century education at the School. They provide visual, tactile and sensory experiences and a unique way of understanding and responding to the world. Each one of these subjects cultivate creative thinking which leads to other supplemental skills such as problem-solving, public speaking, innovation and mindfulness. These abilities are important across the whole curriculum as well as being key life skills.
“I hear and I forget, I see and I remember, I do and I understand.” Confucius
Drama provides an opportunity for children of all abilities to interact, role play, share ideas and listen to each other. Pupils approach drama with energy and enthusiasm and everyone has great fun as they develop their talents and gain new skills, all of which are enthusiastically demonstrated in performances throughout the year. Regular school productions, music and dance shows offer pupils the opportunity to hone their performance skills. They are also a chance to work collaboratively, whether in the spotlight or working behind the scenes, with stage, prop and poster design whilst visits to the local theatre offer the opportunity to experience plays first hand.
“Creativity takes courage.” Henri Matisse
The visual arts are equally inspiring. Our children are encouraged to be creative and to enjoy the process of making for its own sake. Every pupil is taught to develop his or her own skills to a level of competence that allows self-expression and confidence when working within a variety of different and exciting media. In the six years between the ages of 7 and 13, we offer the broadest possible syllabus, giving all pupils a foundation from which to make choices and specialise in the run-up to GCSE. The practical art and craft sessions are planned to expand each individual’s skills, and to encourage imagination and experimentation within a framework of knowledge about other artists, including those from the past, the present and different cultures.
“If you hear a voice within you say, You cannot paint, then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.” Vincent van Gogh
To encourage pupils’ creativity beyond the classroom, the School runs photography and art competitions, and pupils are encouraged to enter external awards.
Flexibility in the schemes of work and timetabling allow us to pursue topics related to current events, ideas initiated by the children, seasonal activities, and links to other subjects in the curriculum or allied to Forest School – some of the best artwork is the immediate response to something unexpected!
To find out more about art at Langley Prep at Taverham Hall School please contact us