Overview of the visual arts curriculum


Children soon discover drawing as a natural way of communicating experience. Through drawing, they create and express imaginary worlds and give free expression to their imaginative powers. Older children also use drawing to clarify, develop and communicate plans. As they progress they demonstrate a developing visual awareness in their drawings and  sensitivity to the expressive powers of other artists’ drawings.

Drawing is an instinctive way for the child to communicate understanding, feelings and his/her imaginative life. The developing child quite naturally invents symbols to represent the human figure, animals and a variety of observed objects. Later, the need to progress beyond repeated symbols and to express a growing sense of individuality becomes apparent. Developing the ability to look with curiosity and concentration at qualities of line, rhythm, texture and colour and tone in the child’s surroundings and in the work of artists is essential to developing drawing potential and enjoyment. Drawing has a central place and a particular importance within the visual arts curriculum.