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To be an artist.....

Hello, I am Mrs Radford and I coordinate art at Hayfield Lane Primary School


Scientifically, art is good for you!

It has an impact on brain wave patterns, your emotions, the nervous system, and can actually raise serotonin levels. Research has proven the arts can benefit fine motor skills and improved emotional balance. Having the opportunity to study art skills through a well-balanced and well-designed curriculum will benefit an individual in many different ways, for their entire life.

In a list of 10 skills needed for the future workplace, at least 6 of the skills were linked directly to the arts:

1. The ability to determine the deeper meaning or significance of something being expressed;

2. Connecting with others in a deep and direct way;

3.Proficiency at thinking and coming up with solutions,

4.The ability to operate in different cultural settings;

5.Critically assessing and developing content that uses new media;

6.The ability to represent and develop tasks and work processes for desired a outcome.

Art makes us question and hypothesise outcomes. The skills of experimenting will allow children to know how it feels to work through an idea and have the resilience to keep going until they succeed.  


Art enhances wellbeing: the process of art can lower a person’s stress levels. A child can use the skills of art to express their emotions where words can sometimes fail them. It can help us to build up our skills of concentration and determination in a digital world where children are used to instant feedback and gratification. Being able to hold our attention on things that matter in life will make us more successful no matter what our age.


Art helps us see the world differently.  Looking art from different cultures helps us to see the world from different perspectives, sometimes through the eyes of an artist with alternative views. Art promotes curiosity and creativity, critical thinking and reflection. These are all skills that we want for our children in their future careers.