Following the National Curriculum framework of principles for Art and Design, we aim to provide a wide range of stimulating and rich creative opportunities that will aid and broaden our pupils' artistic development. The children are able to respond to the natural and man-made environment through direct experiences and observations including opportunities for learning outside the classroom. Our pupils visit local art galleries and study local architecture, sculpture and design. We provide a wide variety of tools, materials and equipment for the children to experiment and become familiar with.
We enable the children to learn about the great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms. Our pupils are encouraged to critically evaluate their own and other's work and use specialised art vocabulary when discussing their ideas.
Throughout the school there are many interactive displays which celebrate the children’s work. Our school Art gallery and the children’s portfolios and sketchbooks demonstrate the progression of Art and Design skills taught from Nursery to Year 6.
We are active in the local community, with visits to the Turner Art Gallery, Kent Life museum, Dreamland, and Quex Powell Cotton museum. We participate in a number of art projects and competitions including Cauliflower Cards Christmas Card Project, the Rotary Club Art competition (displayed at Westwood Cross) and have been winners of 'The Neal Foundation', Art project for seven consecutive years. Our annual arts week, provides the opportunity for local artists and visitors to be invited into school to work first-hand with the children.
At present, our school is on the exciting journey of achieving the Artsmark accreditation which develops creative approaches to teaching and learning. Awarded by the Arts Council in England, Artsmark, can help to unlock the potential of young people, develop their creativity, enrich their childhoods and enhance their knowledge and understanding. Ofsted and School Improvement Partners have recognised that a broad, rich cultural and arts ethos, helps with the progression of a child’s personal development (spiritual, moral, social and cultural). As part of developing our school’s arts provision, Garlinge Primary School and Nursery, is now a registered Arts Award centre with several members of our staff being trained as Art Award Advisors. Children are able to achieve the universally recognised ‘Discover’ and ‘Explore’ Arts Awards which enables pupils to focus on areas of the arts that they find interesting and excel. This gives our children, the great opportunity of developing their independence, self-manage and take responsibility for their own learning.
Our pupils have had lots of fun celebrating our annual Arts Week (22nd and 26th May). This year’s theme has been inspired by the new mermaid parade, ‘MERGATE’, which took place in Margate on Saturday June 3rd. The children have been designing and creating their own recycled/up-cycled sea-life crafts in preparation for our own parade at school which took place today (Friday 26th March).
We have had a fantastic creative time celebrating Arts Week ( 27th June – 1st July) and the topic ‘Global Orchard’. Our children created some wonderful pieces of artwork inspired by different trees around the world and when studying the work of the street artist Squirl and the collage artist, Sarah Buckett. With the help of some very creative TA’s, we have also built a well-being orchard as a quiet and reflective working space for our pupils to enjoy. This is the second year that we have worked closely with the art organisation Art Builders. Please look at the photographs below and admire our displays and the children’s incredible masterpieces.
We are very excited to announce, that our pupils and the staff at Garlinge Primary School and Nursery are celebrating after receiving a prestigious Artsmark Award as it celebrates 20 years of arts, culture and creativity in schools.
The Artsmark Award is the only creative quality standard for schools, accredited by Arts Council England. It supports schools to develop and celebrate arts and cultural education, putting creativity and wellbeing at the heart of the curriculum. Artsmark ensures every young person can be creative and access a diverse, high-quality cultural education.
In order to achieve their Artsmark Award, Garlinge Primary School and Nursery had to develop their arts and culture provision to embed a broad and ambitious curriculum. This was achieved by creating an overall plan that was committed to and delivered across the whole school.
The Artsmark assessor commended on Garlinge Primary School and Nursery:
“The high value you place on the Arts is well illustrated by the number of exciting arts projects that have taken place, such as the creative project based on the environmentalist Andy Goldsworthy, the visual art and photography projects, as well as the many opportunities for your pupils to perform music, dance and drama at competitions and large events. All these provide thrilling learning opportunities for the children.”
On receiving the award, Miss Jenkins (Year 6 teacher and Lead and Coordinator of the Arts at Garlinge Primary and Nursery) said:
“We’re extremely proud of achieving our Artsmark Gold Award. We are committed to delivering a high-quality arts and cultural education and we look forward to continue to grow with Artsmark.”
Year 3 and 4 have enjoyed making our corridor look magical for Christmas. We have created art of animal silhouettes making paw prints in the snow in year 3. In year 4 we have looked at the landmarks from our London topic and created sparkly frost silhouettes. We used our collage and paint skills to create this art work.
Between June 28th and July 2nd our school celebrated ‘Health and Well-Being Week’ where the pupils took part in a range of exciting creative and sporting activities. With the help of the company, ‘Art Builders’ (Animate Arts), the children took part in a range of activities inspired by local artists through virtual workshops. This included creating individual maps, collaborative group and class maps, writing happiness ‘concrete’ poems and a range of colourful printing activities . We all had lots of fun when deciding the ingredients we could include in a magic potion for happiness. The week was a huge success with examples of the fabulous artwork displayed around our school.
Recently, our children had the exciting opportunity to take part in an art/eco competition run by Thanet District Council. They task was to design an imaginative and colourful eco super hero. We are very pleased to announce, that one of our Year 5 students, Phoebe has won the competition. Her winning design will be used in the Council’s street scene campaigns which will try to persuade the public to avoid dropping litter or fly-tipping. Well done Pheobe! We are very proud of you! Look out for her very creative design around the Thanet area.
Sadly, due to Covid, the children’s Rainbow Ward at QEQM have been unable to put up many Christmas decorations this year. When we heard about this, we decided that it would be a lovely idea to send some of children’s Christmas artwork to the hospital to bring some festive joy to the wards.
Our children have enthusiastically been creating wonderful Winter displays and Hoops. A range of media has been used across the school to make the art and DT work varied and exciting. Take a look at our magical Winter Wonderland. Which display is your favourite?
During Term 5 and 6 selected children where chosen to attend an after school art and craft club lead by Miss Jenkins, Year 6 Teacher and Mrs Williams a local artist. Together they worked alongside the children to help inspire them to create their own art pieces experimenting with a ride range of media to create a mini project of their learning journey to help them achieve an arts award.
To help them achieve their award the children were invited to spend the afternoon at Quex Powell Cotton Museum where they were able to interview the staff about the museum before taking part in a short art workshop.
Please see below a short paragraph from the children explaining there journey throughout their time at art club.
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We are proud to show of our wonderful Christmas displays across the school that the children have enjoyed making this Term.
Well done to all of our pupils who took part in creating our Hall Art displays, showing our School PART values of Perseverance, Aspiration, Respect and Teamwork.