Our Art Studio is a very exciting and engaging area. Led by our fully qualified art teacher, this is where our children have so many opportunities to EXPLORE | DISCOVER | CREATE | LEARN. The Muswell Hill Preschool’s Art curriculum offers exciting opportunities to learn about different artists and to experiment with different techniques such as object manipulation, collage, painting, drawing, sculpture and weaving to name but a few.
Our art teachers plan learning experiences based on the interests children have. This supports the development of the whole child and embraces all seven areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. Learning activities involving light and colour support mathematical and early science development, whilst art activities children will develop fine motor control and hand-eye coordination skills, which in turn supports 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. The works of Filippo Lippi might be the springboard to exploring perspective and spatial placement. The works of artists like Picasso and Durer might help us to look at our emotions and feelings, and how we see ourselves in a mirror, how is a face arranged, and what happens if you put your nose on the side of your face? Whenever appropriate we take our children to art exhibitions so they can see the work of artists’ first-hand and enjoy the experience of an outing with a group of nursery children.
Our annual art exhibition includes work by all our children highlighting their talents and abilities. Works of art are sold to our families with the proceeds being donated to a charity of the nursery’s choice. Most recently our Art Exhibitions have been inspired by Frida Kahlo and Yayoi Kusama