Art and Design
“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.”
― Edgar Degas
As a school, we believe that art is an integral part of every child’s education. The opportunity to become immersed wholeheartedly into a subject that allows creativity, exploration and independence encourages children to become increasingly innovative and inventive: they are able to make conscious and well-informed decisions – in relation to their work - and overtime, they develop proficient decision-making skills. Our art and design curriculum has been designed to ensure that it instils curiosity and enables a more evaluative approach during creative exploration; encouraging a natural sense of wonder for the wider world. It provides children with opportunities to partake in meaningful and progressive tasks, that encourage them to develop and master individualised techniques and skill, allowing them, ultimately, to become a recognised artist in their own right.
Children are given regular opportunities to become increasingly proficient in the skills of painting and drawing, and those of the wider arts. Mastered skills are revisited (evidenced in personalised sketchbooks) and refined throughout the keys stages; allowing for significant development, increased self-awareness and an ability to identify ‘next steps’ within the subject. As pupils progress, they will be encouraged to analyse critically, both their own works of art and those of great significance. Artist studies and comparisons, will ignite interest, increase understanding and encourage appreciation of the wider art community, and its ever-changing styles. Children will leave our school knowing how art and design reflects, shapes and contributes to the history and culture of an entire nation, and the extended world.
The National Curriculum for Art and Design (Key Stages One and Two):
Key Stage One
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.
Key Stage Two
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:
· 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.