At East Bergholt we strive for all our pupils to explore and experience art in all its richness and diversity. Firmly rooted in the latest, evidence-based practice, our art curriculum is skilfully designed into blocks. Each block focuses on one artistic discipline. These include drawing, painting, printmaking, textiles, 3D and collage. Through precise modelling of these key skills by teachers, children regularly revisit and secure the techniques needed to create their own unique pieces. Taking inspiration from a variety of artists, varying from the greats such as Kandinsky to modern-day artists such as Beth Krommes, children build up the skills to create their own personal artworks. Oracy and vocabulary are of the highest importance in our art lessons. Our children are explicitly taught ambitious vocabulary within each block, equipping them with the skills to describe their own artwork and that of others with precision and accuracy.
We are incredibly fortunate to be situated in the village John Constable once lived, with our school nestled within the landscapes he is most famous for painting. Within our same region, we are in close proximity to Sudbury, Suffolk – the home of Thomas Gainsborough. These local links to our art heritage are used to support our children’s rich and vibrant artistic experiences.
All of our children have opportunities to visit galleries in the region, and we welcome professional artists to the school for workshops. Each child has their own high-quality sketchbook, where they capture their artistic journey and keep a record of their progression and skills. This is a great way for them to see how they are developing as artists. Our aim at East Bergholt is to celebrate their artistic journey just as much as the final artwork, embedding the importance of celebrating exploration and encouraging children to use their creativity in all areas of life.