Our art curriculum aims to:
- engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment and explore;
- provide opportunities for pupils to invent and create their own works of art;
- empower pupils to become confident, independent artists, who can articulate and value their own creative journeys.
Art is taught half termly and the topics for each year group are on the overall Curriculum Map. Our art topics link to other curriculum areas and children learn how Art and Design shape our history, contribute to culture and where we live.
During the Early Years, young children will be given the opportunity to explore colour, texture, shape and form in two and three dimensions. The children will have access to a wide range of constructions, collage, painting and drawing activities, using appropriate tools and art materials. In order to tap into their artistic potential, the children will be encouraged to develop their own creative ideas.
Key Stage 1
During Key Stage 1, Art and Design is about expanding children’s creativity and imagination through providing art, craft and design activities relating to the children’s own identity and experiences, to natural and manufactured objects and materials with which they are familiar, and the locality in which they live.
- Children will explore the visual, tactile and sensory qualities of materials and processes and begin to understand and use colour, shape and space, pattern and texture, to represent their own ideas and feelings.
- Children will focus on the work of artists, craftspeople, other cultures, and sculptors and designers by asking and answering questions, such as: ‘What is it like?’ ‘What do I think about it?’
Key Stage 2
During Key Stage 2, Art and Design is about fostering children’s creativity and imagination by building on their knowledge, skills and understanding of materials and processes, through providing more complex activities. Children’s experiences help them to understand the diverse roles and functions of Art and Design in the world around them.
Exploration of materials used for drawing, sculpture, painting, printmaking and textiles throughout the year groups help the children grow in confidence and understanding and promote self-directed learning and basic skills that are built upon throughout Years 1-6.
Our progression of skills in Art overview aims to introduce key skills, materials and ideas to the pupils in such a way that each pupil can think critically, explore their creativity and develop a more rigorous understanding of Art and Design.
We endeavour to provide opportunities for children to use our local environment and outdoor learning opportunities to widen their experiences to stimulate imagination and creativity. For example, many classes will visit the wetlands, we are growing tulips in our EYFS and KS1 gardens to use as ‘real life models’, and we have recently taken part in ‘The River project’.
Steve Mc Queen Project
Last year, Steve McQueen invited every Year 3 pupil in London to have their photograph taken by a team of specially trained Tate photographers. They included children from state primaries, independent schools, faith schools, special schools, pupil referral units and home-educated pupils. These class photos are brought together into a single large-scale installation, capturing tens of thousands of Year 3 pupils in a milestone year in their development.
Mr Bless went to visit the exhibition at Tate Britain. With a little searching of the 24 displays the three class photos were located in section 9, thanks to the pupils posing in front of the green background in our Round Hall.
“My River Project” with Thames Water
Year 5 children were recently involved in a project and had a visit from Thames Water. They discussed local rivers and the effect of pollution. They then used a variety of materials such as watercolours, pastels and printing from natural materials to create an image of a ‘healthy’ river using their imagination.
|Why don’t you try the ‘Inspire Me’ Challenges or have fun exploring the different games.|
|Have fun exploring the famous paintings. Maybe you could choose one to write a story about. You could even use the website to choose pictures you would like to go and see… it is free to get in to the National Gallery and you could take a picnic to eat in Trafalgar Square!!|
|Make your own sketchbook at home||https://www.accessart.org.uk/sketchbooks-making-your-sketchbook-your-own/|
|Your paintings – An adventure into some exciting paintings held in British collections today||https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/class-clips-video/art-and-design-ks2-your-paintings/zjbxbdm|
|Meet the Artists||https://www.tate.org.uk/kids/explore/whos-who|
|Easy arts and crafts||https://www.redtedart.com/|
|Watch this inspirational video of the environmental artist Andy Goldsworthy||https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LP_-P7ZcWZU&feature=youtu.be|
|Practise your drawing skills||https://www.culturestreet.org.uk/workshop.php?id=32|
Send photos of your artwork to firstname.lastname@example.org , so we can add it to our virtual art gallery!