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Art & Design

Art and Design enables your child to develop and express the power of his or her unique individuality. There is mystery and magic in the creative process.

That is why art work invades our corridors and spreads its influence throughout our school.

We teach children the craft skills necessary for them to express their imagination in visual and tactile form. They learn drawing, design, painting, printing, collage, 3D work and textiles, and enjoy a rich range of visual and physical experiences including visits to outdoor spaces, galleries and artists’ studios.

Children in the Nursery and Reception classes are taught by their class teacher. Pupils in Years 1 – 8 are taught by a specialist art teacher.

Perhaps nothing your child achieves at Thornlow will give you greater cause for amazement than what he or she achieves in the realm of the arts.

  • In Craft, Years 3&4 made their own selection of various beads. The pupils planned their necklaces in advance, playing close attention to spacing, colour, style and shape in order to produce their finished masterpiece - it's all in the planning!

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  • In our afternoon craft sessions we have been focussing on Autumn leaves, fruits and seeds and thinking about animals getting ready to hibernate for the winter.

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  • Year 5&6 have been exploring how artists convey movement, and have used dynamic activities such as sport, dance and drama as a starting point for their own work in 2-dimensions.

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  • The Year 7&8 class have been looking at different artists' approaches to representing shape, form and space and learning about the ideas of the cubism movement.

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  • Our Year 5&6 class have been designing and making a range of headwear using textiles, paper/card and recyclable materials.

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  • The Year 3 & 4 class have been exploring the designs of chairs and seats. The group have been looking at designs from the past, in other cultures and by contemporary designers, as inspiration for developing their own designs.

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  • Year 1 & 2 have been exploring aspects of the natural environment, and how the shapes, colours and textures of natural forms can be used as a basis for textile design.

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  • Creative Year 1&2 artwork inspired Nursery pupils to create their own masterpieces last week too!

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  • The Giant Wall is a project that members of "Artwey" ran to locally celebrate the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Weymouth and Portland. Thornlow Preparatory School Pupils created some exceptional works of art which were included in the project.

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