Art is given a high profile within the school. We have tailored our art curriculum to ensure a wide and progressive range of experiences for the children that equips them well for when they move forward to secondary school and beyond. Our children are often involved in special art projects to further enrich their range of experiences and opportunities in art. Children’s art is valued and prominently displayed around the school.
Our art curriculum gives careful consideration to the development of the key skills in art; For example, experiences with paint begin with mixing and experimenting with colour in the early years through to learning about specific techniques, such as watercolours and acrylics, in upper key stage two. Progression with drawing, printing, textiles, clay, sculpture and mixed media is also given high profile within the curriculum, offering opportunities for all children to excel.
Miss Kate McAlister is our Art Co-Ordinator within the school. She is supported within a team of staff, including the head teacher, who all share a passion for art.
Log books are formally introduced in Key Stage 2 as children develop their capacity to reflect upon artistic processes and begin to develop their personal artistic styles and preferences. Children have the opportunity to study a wide variety of artists as they progress through the school. Art units provide a rich cross-curricular link to other areas of study and our long term plans make appropriate links to support projects in history, geography and other curriculum areas.
The national curriculum for art states that:
PURPOSE OF STUDY
Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. A high-quality art and design education should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.
The national curriculum for art and design aims to ensure that all pupils:
– produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences.
– become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques.
– evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design.
– know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.
By the end of each key stage, pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified in the relevant programme of study.
Key Stage 1
Pupils should be taught:
– to use a range of materials creatively to design and make products.
– to use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination.
– to develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space.
– about the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers, describing the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, and making links to their own work.
Key Stage 2
Pupils should be taught to develop their techniques, including their control and their use of materials, with creativity, experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design.
Pupils should be taught:
– to create sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas.
– to improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials (eg pencil, charcoal, paint, clay.)
– about great artists, architects and designers in history.
Early Learning Goals 16 and 17 combine to make up the early years content for expressive arts and design. ELG16 is ‘Exploring and Using Media and Materials.’ The children learn how to safely use and explore a range of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with texture, form and function. ELG17 is ‘Being Imaginative.’ The children use what they have learnt about media and materials in original ways, thinking about uses and purposes. They represent their own thoughts and feelings through art, design and technology, music, dance, role play and stories.