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  • Writer's pictureRebecca Lewis

SMSC in Art and Design

Art and design lessons offer a unique opportunity for pupils to develop their spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) knowledge and skills. By working with a variety of media and exploring different cultures, art and design lessons can provide rich learning experiences that challenge pupils to think critically and develop their empathy. Here are a few examples of how art and design lessons can promote SMSC:

Exploring different cultures: Art and design lessons are the perfect opportunity to explore different cultures and historical periods. For example, studying ancient Egyptian art or the works of Renaissance painters can help pupils to understand the cultural context in which they were created and appreciate the diversity of human experience.


Developing empathy: Art and design lessons can help pupils to understand the perspectives and experiences of others. For example, creating a collage based on their own experiences and then sharing it with the class can help pupils to develop their empathy and understand the experiences of others.


Encouraging self-expression: Art and design lessons can provide pupils with an opportunity to express themselves creatively. By working with a variety of materials and techniques, pupils can explore their own feelings and thoughts and communicate these through their work.


Promoting teamwork: Art and design lessons often require pupils to work together on projects. This can help to promote teamwork and encourage pupils to support and collaborate with one another.


Building confidence: Art and design lessons can help pupils to develop their confidence by giving them a platform to express themselves and showcase their skills.


In conclusion, art and design lessons offer a rich learning experience that can help pupils to develop their SMSC knowledge and skills. By encouraging self-expression, promoting teamwork, and exploring different cultures, art and design lessons can provide pupils with the opportunity to grow and develop as individuals.

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