Proving that there is more to the Arts scene in Thanet than Turner and Tracey Emin, St. Joseph’s downed tools for the week recently and picked up brushes, palettes and scrapers to explore and showcase their own home grown artistic pedigree in the annual St. Joseph’s Arts Week.
Embracing a variety of media, all the classes from Reception to Year 6 participated in a range of activities such as papier mache, clay modelling, apinting, mandala drawing techniques, music, dance and drama to explore their inner creative world culminating in an open afternoon for parents to view the fruits of their hard work. A particular favourite was the Reception classroom which was transformed into an underwater paradise with visitors having to dodge shark fins, jellyfish tentacles and crab claws to appreciate the art work!
With help from Ms Bradley who runs the Junior Dance Club, all the classes used motion and music to express themes and explore movement and dance techniques. For example, Year 1 used these sessions to imitate animal movements and the children were encouraged to make their own animal dance to music.
Expanding dance, drama, music and the visual arts within the national curriculum framework is a fundamental part of our children’s school experience and fuels their cultural engagement and personal development in a way that will enhance their self-esteem and relationship with the world.
We hope we managed to live up to Albert Einstein’s maxim of “Creativity is contagious, pass it on!”