The children have plenty of opportunities to express themselves using a variety of different media, such as clay, paint, textiles, drawing, weaving and collage.

Children are taught specific art skills and how to use art equipment appropriately. Whenever possible, Art is a cross-curricular activity drawing on and being inspired by other areas of learning such as History, Geography, the natural landscape, architecture and different cultures.

"All children's artistic expression is valued and encouraged"


Visits to art galleries including the Bedales Gallery to further inspire and motivate the children is an important part of the Art curriculum. Activities may also include working alongside established artists.

All children's artistic expression is valued and encouraged. There are opportunities for children to specialise in a particular aspect of the arts as they progress through Dunhurst and Bedales. There are also opportunities for Dunannie staff and children to use the specialist art facilities and work with art staff at Dunhurst.

Children have access to, and use of, a wide range of tools, equipment and materials. They are given the space, time and support of enthusiastic staff to help them develop their potential in the area of Design.

Ideas for Design are drawn from a wide range of topic based work and first hand experiences. Children are encouraged to explore ideas and design with a purpose in mind, adjusting and adapting their work as it develops. Sometimes they will work on individual projects, designing a powered boat, or rocket complete with light circuitry, for example. Other work might be collaborative, using team design and construction methods. They learn a wide range of design techniques and processes including batik, book-making and printing. The children also learn about food and cooking from Nursery through to Year 3.