We have a beautiful, fully equipped specialist Art and Design room where our pupils have the opportunity to work with a wide variety of media and techniques including printing, clay, textiles, three dimensional and sculptural forms as well as drawing and painting.
Children work with traditional and new media throughout the Key Stages, which helps them to develop confidence, imagination and most importantly their creativity. Through a wide range of projects they learn to value images and artefacts across times and cultures and to understand the context in which they were made.
Enjoyment of the creative process is central to the subject I teach. Art and Design is taught through exciting topics that are designed to develop imaginative and personal responses. Girls and boys are encouraged to explore materials and processes confidently through creative investigation into the visual world. These might include the use of clay, 3D, textiles, print making, drawing, painting and collage. Drawing is fundamental to all these areas and is taught through traditional and experimental approaches. I aim to help children not just to ‘look’ but to ‘see’ by looking closely, analysing what is ‘seen’ rather than what we think an object or image looks like.
Art and Design stimulates creativity and imagination. At Pownall we provide visual, tactile and sensory experiences in order to understand and respond to our world .Our pupils use colour, form, texture, pattern and different materials and processes to communicate what they see, feel and think. They are able to explore ideas and meanings in the work of artists, craftspeople and designers this enjoyment of the visual arts enriches our pupils’ lives.
We celebrate our children’s work with displays throughout the school and stage regular exhibitions.
Drama is an important and valuable part of school life at Pownall. As well as being hugely enjoyable it is an excellent way of building up pupils’ confidence and self-esteem.
At Pownall, we aim to foster a lively interest in Drama and have a rich heritage when it comes to the performing arts. The magnificent theatre helps bring to life our many assemblies, concerts and productions throughout the year and gives the children a rare opportunity to perform on a stage from a young age.
Specialist drama lessons are incorporated into the school curriculum from Year 3 to Year 6. These aim to enhance confidence and self-esteem, encourage creativity and imagination and develop concentration and listening skills. In drama lessons, pupils’ use role-play to explore characters in more depth and create improvisations and plays which they perform to their peers and the school. All EYFS and Pre-Prep children take part in a class assembly and a Christmas play during the year. All Prep children take part in assemblies, festivals, school services and concerts and all have a part in our eagerly anticipated end of year production.
Peripatetic Speech and Drama lessons are also available with children working towards the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art examinations (LAMDA). LAMDA examinations improve communication skills, increase self-confidence and develop strong social skills. Pownall Hall School is a LAMDA public examination centre and children have the opportunity to take the examination in grades ranging from Introductory through to Entry level.
Drama at Pownall is exciting and vibrant and helps children to become confident, articulate and imaginative communicators from a very young age.
Typically, over half of our children win a first, second or third prize at the Alderley Edge and Hazel Grove Festivals.