Learning through art and design for the 21st Century.

Art and design activities should allow children to develop their own thinking and questioning skills. This will enable children to gain knowledge and understanding of the world around them and its people, and prepare them for the future by:

  • Introducing a unique visual language
  • Combining ideas and thoughts with senses and emotions
  • Valuing diversity and individuality
  • Intellectual and physical development
  • Allowing time for reflection
  • Promoting innovation, risk taking and problem solving
  • Developing a positive awareness of different cultures and traditions
  • Children articulate their own ideas and develop the ability to make critical judgments
  • Promoting playfulness and curiosity
  • Sensitivity, empathy and intuitiveness
  • Self-awareness and awareness of others
  • Ability to collaborate with other people and take the views of other people into account
  • Independence
  • Tolerance for ambiguity
  • Making links between unusual concepts and circumstances.
  • Developing confidence
  • Acquisition of new skills
  • Developing the imagination
  • Encourages experimental approaches
  • Being excited, absorbed, and motivated