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National Curriculum UK/Art&Design

A couple of weeks ago I had a good read of the national curriculum on Art and Design. Looking at these amazing initiatives (please see extracts below) I felt inspired to get in touch with different schools and organisations working with children to offer my creative courses, my expertise, my knowledge, even free of charge … but no response.


The new national curriculum for art and design will give children “the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design” …

Children will benefit from this far stronger focus on drawing, …
Vague statements – such as references to children “exploring the visual, tactile and sensory qualities of materials and processes” – have been removed. …

The new national curriculum also encourages children to be creative and experiment with art at a younger age. …. Children will now be taught about experimenting with ideas, materials, tools and techniques from age seven rather than age 11.

From age seven, pupils will be encouraged to keep sketch books of all their work and record their observations and designs. They will be introduced to a greater range of materials (such as pencil, paint, charcoal and clay) to enable them to develop their techniques further.

The programmes of study for art and design are due to be introduced in maintained schools in England in September 2014


What is happening don’t schools need people who can actually deliver the above?


Irrational thinking is what the world needs!

Child prodigy Adora Svitak says the world needs “childish” thinking: bold ideas, wild creativity and especially optimism. Kids’ big dreams deserve high expectations, she says, starting with grownups’ willingness to learn from children as much as to teach.

Write, write, write!

A Writing Project

The StorySlime SnailFarm Creative Writing Project is designed for 9-12 year old children with the intention to support them to develop their creative muscles and writing skills.

Every other month a new ‘Beginning’ is offered, while the background as well as the information on the Characters is extended, based on the stories received in the previous month.


Children are asked to continue the ‘beginning’ of the story that is published on the website under HOME and to submit a complete piece of writing keeping the guidelines called GuideSlimes and keeping the environment and characters intact.

Stories need to be completed in 5 weeks and then submitted to e-mail address.

A committee – the creator of the Snails, a writer, an editor, and an animation expert – decides upon which stories to publish. The ones that appear on the site under StorySlimes are rewarded and a token of our gratitude is awarded to the ‘writer’ who receives an item with one of the Snails printed on it.

The creators envisage The StorySime Creative Writing Project to reach at least ten-thousand children around the world.

In 2015 we plan to make a feature length animation film based on the stories the children submit from all over the world. We wish to visit schools and invite children to participate from around the Globe.

Your donation helps us make the members of the SnailFarm come to life by children’s imagination. Thank you for your support.

If you wish to learn more about the project, please, don’t hesitate to contact us on

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How to encourage your school-age child’s creative play

Creative play helps with learning and development, by letting children engage in problem-solving where there are no set or ‘right’ answers. With creative activity, the process is more important than the product.


It’s important to let your child enjoy the process of creating. Perseverance is a good quality to nurture, so encourage your child to complete artworks. But this is a time for experimentation, for trial and error. That’s how your child learns.

You can encourage your child by showing a keen interest in what’s being created, making suggestions and giving support when needed. Encourage your child to talk about the process, and to share artworks and experiences with friends and family.

Whatever artwork, song or dance your child comes up with, give lots of descriptive praise. For example, ‘I like the rhyming words in your song.’ This will boost your child’s self-esteem and encourage your child to keep going with creative play. Try not to compare your child’s creations with those of other children.

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Importance of creativity and artistic play

Creative play and artistic activity are important to children’s overall development. They help nurture imagination, and also develop problem-solving, thinking and motor skills.

School children start to learn that some problems have a single solution (two plus two always equals four). They also develop skills for finding the right result for a given problem. But there are still many areas where things are not so black and white.

Creative play helps with learning and development, by letting children engage in problem-solving where there are no set or ‘right’ answers. With creative activity, the process is more important than the product.

By school age, your child is ready to soak up lots of new information. In the months leading up to the start of school, you might notice your child ask more questions about how things work – and there’ll be lots of ‘Why?’ questions, of course!

School-age children are usually more confident about themselves and around others than they were a year or so earlier – this is a good thing when it comes to creative pursuits.

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Most school-age children take a keen interest in art and artistic activities . You can encourage creative play and imaginative development by stimulating your child’s creative urges.

Visual art

School-age children might use colours and shapes to communicate feelings, ideas and messages (for example using lots of black to draw a dark scene or scary feelings). They might also use symbols to differentiate between objects in their drawings.

It can be pretty easy to work out children’s interests when you’re watching what they create. They will enjoy creating pictures on the same theme (dinosaurs or boats, say) over and over again.

You might notice that drawings and paintings become more detailed than when your child was a preschooler. For example, your child might be drawing people with five fingers and toes. Where your child used to draw scribbles and squiggles for trees and flowers, you’ll be able to recognise leaves, branches, trunks and petals.

School children are ready for ‘art appreciation’ – whether it’s music, sculpting or pictures. You and your child can talk about art, artists, favourite artworks and reasons for liking certain things. Why not visit an art gallery together, and talk about what you see?

Source and ideas for stimulating creativity in children

A source of ideas



The site intends to offer practical ideas on how to use art and creativity to support human development and recovery especially that of children. It aims to emphasise developing and using our creativity and imagination to its fullest in order to create a unique life to our fulfilment amongst many advantages.

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