Art and Design at Meadlands is colourful, innovative and exciting. It is delivered through a motivating and inspiring curriculum where pupils are introduced to the work of artists and designers and share their own interpretations.
At Meadlands we create projects to nurture the creative imagination and encourage everyone to experiment, explore and take risks: celebrating pupils' abilities to creatively express themselves.
We value the traditional skills of observational drawing and teach students to question what they ‘see’ and explore with their eyes: developing an awareness of scale, pattern, shape, colour and texture. They enjoy playing with different perspectives and examining unusual views.
Pupils thoroughly enjoy the imaginative approach to art lessons. They are guided to demonstrate their experimentations, explain their techniques and constructively critique illusions they create. As a result, there are always lively conversations during art classes where the pupils are given opportunities to interpret what they see and discuss their different opinions and perceptions.
It is with great excitement that we are currently researching into incorporating more technology into the arts at Meadlands. The possibilities are endless and range from using macro-lenses to capture minute detail and abstract images to virtual reality painting and sculpture!
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Celebrating Art Week 11-15 June 2018
“What a fabulous exhibition. I love the colour and I can’t believe how accomplished the artists are!”
Quote from parent
Children were encouraged to recognise that not all artworks end up looking beautiful but they must not overlook the learning that actually took place. They also discovered that sometimes ‘creative accidents’ can look amazing! So Meadlands celebrated (captured and recorded- through photographs and sketch books) the ideas, the journey and the discussions and these were exhibited alongside (or even instead of) some finished pieces. The JLT played an important role in collecting and bouncing opinions and ideas for Arts Week. This allowed the Art Lead to make these ‘ideas’ happen.
During Art week, Meadlands children had the amazing opportunity to attended bespoke art classes at Orleans House Gallery; explore occlusion and shape with artist Martin Alton; investigate printmaking with artist Louise Anderson and take part in a Life Drawing Class with artist Robin Rutherford. In addition to this, Y2 to Y6 created animations with Duncan Raitt who is Head of Animation @ Plastic Milk and a selection of children from across the school were invited to work with Emma Hughes, a professional animal photographer. This was the perfect opportunity for Sika, our PAT dog to become a super model for the day!