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.
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.
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.
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.
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.