Emily promotes the use of a diverse collection of carefully selected paintings and art work in the Primary art curriculum. She is passionate that children should be exposed to a diverse selection of art, made by artists from different ethnic backgrounds, genders and ages. These key artworks provide ample opportunities for rich discussion and inspiration for practical work.
Children should be encouraged to ‘read’ the stories that paintings tell, they should learn how to be ‘painting detectives’ and use the ‘clues’ present in the details of many great artworks. In this way a strong art curriculum can also support visual literacy.
The practical outcomes that children produce are inspired by the artists, movements and genres they look at in the knowledge part of the curriculum. Children leave primary school in year 6 with an awareness and understanding of art from the Stone Age right up to contemporary art.