Our Art Studio is an exciting and creative place that is led by our fully qualified Art Teacher. This is where your children have the opportunity to Explore | Discover | Create | Learn. The London Preschool’s Art curriculum is as much about object manipulation, developing correct pencil grips, mark making, colouring and drawing as it is about exciting opportunities to learn about the different artists, styles and experiment with contrasting techniques such as object manipulation, collage, painting, drawing, sculpture and weaving.
Our art teachers plan interesting and interactive learning experiences based on the children’s interests, so they can support the development of the child creative side. The curriculum also involves all seven areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage framework.
Learning activities involving light and colour support mathematical and early science development, whilst through physically creative activities children will be developing fine motor control and hand-eye coordination skills, which will support mark making and writing. Visual arts engage 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 and mathematical shapes, for example. The works of Filippo Lippi 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 our face is arranged, and what happens if you put your nose on the side of your face? Whenever appropriate we take the children to art exhibitions so they can be inspired by the work of artists’ first-hand and enjoy the experience of an outing.
Our annual art exhibition includes work by all our children, highlighting their talents, skills and abilities. Works of art are sold to our families with the proceeds being donated to charity. Most recently our Art Exhibitions have been inspired by Frida Kahlo and Yayoi Kusama.