The artist's world is limitless. It can be found anywhere, far from where he lives or a few feet away. It is always on his doorstep.
- Paul Strand
Art is a form of expression where the child's sense of individuality is nurtured and trained. At Elmhurst we encourage the children to translate what they see around them and capture their interpretations using a host of different mediums. Children enjoy the exploration of all the dimensions that Art has to offer across the school curriculum, including drawing, painting, collage, printing, textiles, sculpture and digital art.
Every year Elmhurst has an ‘Art Day’ to develop the children’s creative skills over a whole day to produce a fantastic range of topic based work from nursery to Year 6. Some of our youngest children (reception, year 1 and year 2) enjoy experimenting in Art Club every week, ran by our Art co-ordinator Mrs Nessa. We are also proud to participate in the annual Newham Art Exhibition, where we celebrate and display our art achievements from across the school.
One thing our Year 6 children look forward to each year is the residential Art trip abroad. The Art trip is a chance for 18 selected children to experience and live the artistry of different countries from past to present. The purpose of the trip is to help the children improve their art skills further and give them the opportunity to enjoy the landmarks and monuments of the city. In addition, they develop their cultural awareness and improve their language skills. On returning to school, the participating children work closely with our art consultant Andrew Mutter, to create amazing pieces of work based on their trip, which are then showcased at a grand exhibition at the end of the year. So far we have visited Paris, Barcelona, Rome and Amsterdam.