Orchard House embraces every child’s individual sense of creativity, developing imagination, independence and creativity through art and design.
Lesson topics are themed to incorporate an assortment of media including painting with acrylics, oils and watercolour, sculpting with clay, lino-cut printmaking, batik, mod roc, weaving and papier-mâché. Lessons are often supported by digital technology through the use of photography, smartboards and iPads.
The school community enjoys celebrating our young artists through annual art days, Big Draws and participating in local competitions. We award ‘Artist of the Week’ to one child each week. Practical specialist artistic clubs are offered after school such as stop-motion animation, pottery, painting and craftwork.
Children begin to delve into art history in Year 1, learning age appropriate and relevant facts about artists and their work. As the children become older, greater emphasis is put on learning about what the world looked like at the time in which the artist was alive, to help create a greater understanding of context and intention. Projects are often influenced by the old masters and current contemporary artists, creating unique compositions inspired by their style. In addition, our Art and Design programme strives to create cross-curricular links with History, Geography, Maths and Science. The children’s learning is further supplemented by visiting London’s wealth of museums and art galleries which inspire our pupils in their own artistic endeavours.