Our Art Studio is an exciting place. Led by our fully qualifies Art Teacher, this really is where our children have the opportunity to EXPLORE DISCOVER CREATE and LEARN. The Wandsworth Preschool’s Art curriculum offers exciting opportunities to learn about different artists and to experiment with different techniques such as object manipulation, collage, painting, drawing, sculpture and weaving to name but a few.
Our art teachers plan learning experiences based on the children’s interests to support the development of the whole child and they involve all seven areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. Learning activities involving light and colour support mathematical and early science development whilst practical art activities will develop fine motor control and hand eye co-ordination. Skills which will support mark making and writing. Visual arts engages the children in kinaesthetic, visual, spatial, logical and emotional activities
We start from the children’s current interests which we broadly link to the works of an artist. We might use the works of Mondrian to explore geometry, symmetry and other mathematical ideas. We could explore the works of Fiippo Lippi which might be the springboard to exploring perspective and spatial placement. The works of Picasso and Durer could help us to look at our emotions and feelings, how we see ourselves in a mirror, how is a face arranged, and what happens if you put your nose in a different place, such as on the side of your face? Whenever appropriate we also like to take our children to art exhibitions. This provides them with the opportunity to see the work of artists’ first-hand and enjoy the experience of an outing with a group.
We hold an annual art exhibition which includes work by all our children, highlighting their talents and abilities. These works of art are sold to our families with the proceeds being donated to a charity of the nursery’s choice. Most recently our Art Exhibitions have been inspired by Frida Kahlo and Yayoi Kusama