Expressive Arts

The inspiration and power of the arts play a vital role in enabling our children and young people to enhance their creative talent and develop their artistic skills.

Learning in the expressive arts, which includes art and design, dance, drama and music, allows children to be creative and express themselves in different ways.

Art and Design

Through art and design, children are encouraged to express themselves visually and to appreciate and enjoy their own and the work of other artists.  Their imagination is stimulated through various media such as music, poetry and the work of famous artists.  All children are encouraged to develop their creative talents and knowledge of the visual elements through participating in activities, which include the use of different materials such as paint, and collage work, fabric, plasticine and clay.


Children from their earliest years use imaginative play to explore, order and make sense of themselves and the world about them.  Drama extends and builds on this natural process and helps to build confidence and self-esteem.  To help develop a range of dramatic techniques and skills, children have the opportunity to role-play, improvise, use movement and mime and use sound to express their own and others’ ideas.  The opportunity to develop these skills often arises through other curricular areas and in Mearns these may be linked to social studies and language work.


A variety of dance skills are taught.  Pupils also learn Scottish Country Dances.


Our aim in music is to foster a lasting interest in and enjoyment of musical skills.  In Mearns, all children have the chance to realise their potential, whatever their musical talents and abilities.  Activities to encourage this may include listening and responding to music, making and inventing their own music by using instruments which are available in the school, and singing modern and traditional songs.  At present music specialists work in the school one day per week, with stages attending on a rota basis.  Other visiting music specialists offer musical instruction in strings, brass and percussion.  There is also a choir who meet weekly.  They have produced some excellent school shows and Christmas concerts.


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