There is something special about the art of young children – the unselfconscious way in which they work, their intuitive sense of composition and form, and the way this is reflected in their art. Picasso famously said, ‘It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child. Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once you grow up.’ If this is so, what is the role of the art teacher?
In the Junior School we aim to provide a stimulating approach, one that gives expression to a child’s voice whilst simultaneously challenging them by exposing them to new artists, techniques and ways of seeing. During their time here children will have a chance to try techniques like batik and felt-making, as well as painting, drawing and sculpture. The school has its own kiln, and ceramics is an important part of the curriculum.
We invite artists to visit and work in school with the children, and we visit local galleries in Bath, as well as further afield to the National Gallery in London. In recent times we have also participated in the National Gallery's ‘Take One Picture’ initiative, with Year 4 work being selected for display in each of the last three years.