Art and Crafts

The art and technology department in St. Francis Day and Boarding Primary school is headed by Tr. Makuru David and assisted by Tr. Mugisa Moses. Over the years, we have seen a tremendous change in the way art is conducted in this school by empowering learners with the knowledge and skills for self-reliance/ employment.

Art is basic. Of course, every subject area is important, but no program for young children succeeds without emphasizing the knowledge and skill of art. This can be done through looking at, and making interactions of their own art work.

Although some may regard art education as a luxury or a natural in born talent, simple creative activities are some of the building blocks of child development. Learning how to create and appreciate visual aesthetics may be more important than ever to the development of the next generation of children as they grow up through the knowledge of art and technology imparted to them.

Think back to when you were in a primary school, in between doing all the multiplication tables and spelling tests, nothing was quite as exciting as the gleeful anticipation of putting on your apron for an art class session which felt unique.

At St. Francis art and technology is a time tabled and taught regularly. This however helps them to achieve the following;

  • Practicing and gaining fine muscle control and strengthening eye-hand motor coordination. By holding paintbrushes and learning how to control paints, crayons, scissors, and other art tools, children gain the skills necessary for expressing their imaginations through beautiful graphical writing presentation activities, drawings, pottery and crafts as well as a feeling of control over themselves and their environment. This has enabled us to come up with exhibition galas that are usually held within the school where the children get the opportunity to express their attained skills in art and technology taught at ST. Francis
  • Developing perceptual abilities. Awareness of colors, shapes, forms, lines, and textures result as children observe these and try to replicate them through art.
  • Expressing their feelings and emotions in a safe way. They learn to control their emotions and recognize that they can express and handle negative as well as joyous feelings through positive action.
  • Being given the opportunity to make choices and solve problems for example, how to mould the different parts of a clay figure, what colors to use in expressing the beauty of a child’s imagination, which tools and materials to employ. The knowledge and skills of art offers children a multitude of choices and decisions to consider while executing and accomplishing given tasks or projects. Art and technology education teaches pupils how to interpret, criticize, and use visual information, on how to make choices based on it.
  • Our children have been able to excel in post primary levels in the art subject both at Ordinary Level and Advanced level as a result of the good foundation given to them by the department.

Since 2004, Art and Technology education in St. Francis has been conducted through projects, class work assignments and interactions. We have been able to hold art exhibition galas showcasing the beautiful practical aspects of art presentations and creations by the pupils of St. Francis.

The Art and Technology department also manages the Art Club .The club has children who seek for more time and support in the different art and craft skills. The club meets every week on Wednesdays in the art shade. The membership is still limited to one hundred and fifty members in order to provide ample support to them. The Art club members provide decoration services to the school events.