Education in the arts is essential to students’ intellectual, social, physical, and emotional growth and well-being. Participation in the arts contributes in important ways to students’ lives and learning – it involves intense engagements, development of motivation and confidence, and the use of creative and dynamic ways of thinking and knowing. It is well documented that the intellectual and emotional development of children is enhanced through study of the arts.
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 should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They should also know how art and design both reflect and shape history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our society.
At CZTIS, we follow the aims set by the National Curriculum in England, to ensure that all students:
- produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences
- become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques
- evaluate and analyze creative works using the language of art, craft and design
- know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.
We achieve these aims by focusing on four main ideas – developing creativity, communicating, understanding culture, and making connections. Because our student body is so diverse, we place a strong emphasis on respectful cultural understanding and appreciation.
We are very proud of the work our students put in to create meaningful, expressive pieces, and have rotating displays of their art throughout the school year. Finally, at the end of the year, we will have a Fine Arts Show, where the school community will be invited to view our work and participate in art activities.