We believe Art and Design stimulates our children’s creativity and imagination. It provides visual, tactile and sensory experiences and a unique way of understanding and responding to the world around us.

The pupils at The Lyceum School are encouraged to explore ideas and meanings in the work of artists, craftspeople and designers, learning about the diverse roles and functions of art, craft and design in contemporary life, and in different times and cultures.

Art is everywhere. We aim to enable the children to have confidence and competence in reading and evaluating visual images and artefacts, and to foster creative and technical skills so that ideas can be realised. The pupils can then develop aesthetic sensibilities and the ability to articulate and communicate ideas, opinions and feelings about their own work, and that of others.

As pupils progress through different topic areas, they have the opportunity to work independently, as well collaboratively with others. In creating individual works of art, pupils are also encouraged to comment on and suggest improvements to their own work, as well as that of others.

Art Specialist

At The Lyceum school, we are fortunate to have a dedicated practising artist to deliver lessons to pupils across the school. Having an art specialist on-site allows pupils to gain in knowledge and experience from someone who has a real passion for the subject. Pupils have produced an increasingly wide range of excellent artwork using different materials and stimulus as starting points. Topics are linked to the curriculum covered across the school and topical themes such as Black History, Remembrance Day and Diversity. Much of the work produced is displayed around the school or exhibited in annual art competitions. We are delighted to have recently received winning entries for the annual ISA Art Competition.

Local Galleries

We are very fortunate that our Central London location provides us with the perfect opportunity to visit a wide range of museums and galleries. Children take part in workshops locally and regularly visit galleries and exhibitions, enhancing their lessons in school and allowing for further appreciation in the subject.

Story Massage

This fully inclusive positive touch activity is based on ten simple massage strokes. It combines the benefits of nurturing touch with fun and creativity of a story or picture. The programme is now popular worldwide in schools and the family home. Mrs Kidd (our Art Specialist) is trained in Story Massage and delivers sessions to pupils at the beginning of each new term. Drawing a picture on someone’s back is quite unusual but really relaxing and enhances pupils’ mindfulness and wellbeing.

Diversity in Art

Year 5 created this beautiful artwork about diversity.

“We are all unique, let us recognize our individual differences & celebrate them”.

 

Art is all around

Art Week

Each year, we run an Art Week where the pupils research an artist, movement or theme. Children across the whole school explore the artist’s work and the art movement they fall into throughout the week. Workshops are often organised to immerse the children into the theme. This week also gives the opportunity for whole school collaborations, such as a recent piece titled ‘A View into The Lyceum’ which received Highly Commended in the 2020 ISA Art Competition.

3D Art

3D Masks of historical figures.

In our art lesson we are creating our own 3D butterflies and looking at the work of Damien Hirst. Damien Hirst’s unique approach to his art lies in the concept that art is a reflection of life. His use of the butterfly speaks to this concept, as the butterfly symbolizes the circle of life, growth, and change. Each butterfly is also born with a completely unique pattern, mimicking the individuality of each human.
We are also looking at the book ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ – The Monarch Butterfly.

Book Week

One book entitled ‘Can We Save The Tiger’.

How science and art work together

Year 5 under the miscroscope

Year 5 have been looking under the microscopic in their art lessons. They have drawn what they saw of a carnation, tulip, lily and pomegranate. Nature is so amazing, beautiful patterns and colours. So much to learn about!

Year 3 explore Marie Curie and radiation

For Science Week Year 3 children were looking at the work of Marie Curie and radiation. Linking this to art the children produced drawings of X-rays and what might be seen if someone swallowed an object, like a marble. This would then show up in the esophagus on the X-ray. Hand X-rays were also produced along with drawings of broken legs!

Year 1 smell the roses

Year 1 looked at the biologist Linda Brown Buck. They produced some amazing drawings showing how our sense of smell triggers an electric signal sending messages to the brain about what we are smelling.

Art and culture go hand in hand

Year 6 investigate the Inca Gods

Year 6 completed an impressive collection of Inca Gods. According to their civilization the sun was God, and he was the father of their people. That is why the Incas called themselves the “Children of the sun”.

Year 5 experience Inuit culture

Year 5 looked at the Inuit art and culture in their art lesson. They drew hunting scenes and a selection of the beautiful wildlife that has been recorded over the years. It depicts a strong sense of freedom where nature is allowed to exist in its own habitat.

Year 3 & Year 4 tour the African landscape

Year 3 and 4 have been interrupting their idea of an African landscape in their Art lessons. Bringing art and creativity into the classroom is a fantastic way for the children to explore texture and colour as well as develop key fine motor skills. The work is bold, colourful and absolutely sunning, showing the beauty and individualism of each child.