Art and Design
We provide an art curriculum which immerses children in creative experiences that foster risk-taking, self-expression and resilience. The children learn to reflect on important art and artists from around the world while learning the knowledge and skills needed to work with a variety of mediums. We celebrate and showcase the creativity of all children in order to promote a sense of well-being and build self-esteem. We are committed to providing high-quality arts and cultural provision including giving children the opportunity to engage with arts organisations in the local community and beyond to empower them to explore their artistic talents.
In Early years, Art and Design plays a very important role in their development. Children are taught to represent their own ideas, thoughts and feelings through design and technology, art, music and dance.
They will begin to make marks intentionally and express feelings and ideas through making these marks and drawing. They will begin to safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function.
Pupils should be taught to;
• 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.
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 [for example, pencil, charcoal, paint, clay]
• about great artists, architects and designers in history.
In Nursery, the children have been experimenting with colour mixing and mark making. They have particularly enjoyed the feeling of the cold paint all over their hands! What fun!
In year 1/2, the children had a great time making Easter cards for their families. They used forks in paint to create the textured body for the chick and then used other materials to decorate their chick further. They look cracking!
Year 3 have experimented with horizontal and vertical lines in maths to create some art work similar to that of artist Mondrian. It’s lovely to see such cross-curricular art in our school!