When did that happen? Art gives children opportunities to notice, explore, experiment and experience FLOW.
Yet an increasing number of schools aren't offering those opportunities because the worry and burden of 'passing' tests is overpowering, threatening and frankly scary.It's verging on the criminal. As more schools fall into this catagory children are taken, unwittingly, with them....given scant resources when they do have small glimmers of opportunity to explore and record their world through 2d and 3d mediums. Just as they have a wealth of maths resources and literacy resources at their finger tips so they should have a range of quality of art materials. How can they choose the media they prefer by the time they're 11 if they've never experienced what they do and the joy they could have were they to use such a range: paints, water colour, poster, powder, acrylic, assorted papers of colours and size, assorted brushes, clay, printing inks, rollers, mixing trays, paint brushes big and small, sketchbooks, wool, fabric, dyes and on and on and on.
Art is the foundation of primary education...imagine a Nursery without these materials ...now imagine Year 6 with these materials? What could they do given the chance. It's up to schools to provide those materials and opportunities because once up a time the folk in them made a choice to become PRIMARY PRACTITIONERS.