Art and Design
At Westmeads, we believe that every child is an artist and we seek to harness and promote the creativity of our children through regular art lessons and opportunities to work with a specialist teacher, other artists and the wider community. We value the foundation subjects to add breadth and enrichment to our curriculum.
Through our art and design curriculum we encourage the children at Westmeads to gain the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art. Lessons will sometimes link with other areas of the curriculum so the children can make connections or use a particular context to explore an area of focus.
All children have their own sketchbook in which their can record their learning throughout their time at the school. The school has access to a rich range of resources including a kiln room on the school site and close proximity to local art galleries and artist.
At Key Stage One the children will be taught in art to:
Please click below to view animation that has been created by our pupils, as part of their enrichment activities.
Local Projects and Art Exhibitions
The children at Westmeads Infants School created their own colourful coral reef using a mixture of old car tyres, plastic drinks bottles, sweet wrappers, straws and carrier bags that can be found littering our beaches.
The white plastic drinking straws in the middle represented the dead bleached coral that now occur in some areas due to climate/ environmental changes. The drinking straws were saved from the children's school milk for just one term (6 weeks)!
As a result of this project, from January 2019 the school no longer receives individual cartons of milk and has replaced this with reusable cups and recyclable milk bottles, reducing both the schools rubbish and milk waste.
The coral reef was exhibited with work from other local schools at the Horsebridge gallery as part of an exhibition called 'Blue Planet', highlighting how plastic waste is effecting the seas and oceans.
Over the years, the children at Westmeads have created class scarecrows to contribute to the annual Scarecrow Walk at either the Whitstable Castle or at Westgate Gardens in Canterbury.
We participated in the Pudding Pan Project with other local schools inspired from an exhibition at the Turner Contemporary Gallery in Margate.
We have exhibited other artwork at the local Horsebridge Art Gallery in Whitstable.
For the last few years we have created an Easter display for a local shop in Whitstable.
Island Books Art Competition Houses
Useful Art Website Links