Our high-quality, knowledge rich art and design education is intended to 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. Art and design has been meticulously planned to allow for a progression of skills and along-side history and geography, where appropriate, in order to help our learners understand how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.
Our learners’ art and design skills and knowledge begin in KS1 with carefully selected artists, designers and craft makers to provide quality examples of skills and techniques for children to: observe, discuss, critique, experiment and gather inspiration towards a final piece at the end of each unit. During cycle A, KS1 will be studying Andy Goldsworthy, Henri Matisse and Miro. These Artists were selected as they provide the opportunity to build upon prior expressive arts and design knowledge and skills learned in EYFS such as: drawing, mark making opportunities, experimentation with a range of tools and materials and experimentation with primary colours.
LKS2 will be looking at Henry Moore to further develop their knowledge and skills in drawing and to capture and develop emotion. They will delve deeper into the colour wheel through exploration of the artists: Van Gough and Frida Kalo. They will also begin to develop their evaluative skills and learn how to critique their own work and the work of others.
Upper KS2 will study Ben Mosely, Suzanne Valadon and Natalia Goncharova. They will produce increasingly accurate drawings of people and buildings, show increasing accuracy in drawing, knowledge of colour and the effect of light on objects and people. They will make informed decisions based on prior knowledge of art and design skills and techniques and be expected to show an increasing ability to evaluate and critique.
Art will take place on a two year cycle with Cycle A covering drawing, colour, texture and form. Cycle B will cover pattern, digital media, printing and textiles to ensure curriculum coverage. Drawing and colour will be a constant skill revisited over both cycles however, they will be studied deeper in cycle A to give each child enough skills to make informed art and design choices during each cycle.
We will measure the success of our art and design curriculum through sketchbook outcomes and by the impact art and design has on our children’s ability to transfer their skills across the curriculum, for example: map drawing in geography. We have high expectations for well structured sketchbooks that show a journey through a progression of skills and a range of artists. All children will follow the five step structure of artist research, experimentation, design, making and evaluating. Evaluation will run throughout the whole process and sketchbooks will be used to inform the making- just like you would use a plan in writing. Art and design is inclusive for all students and is planned for teachers to adapt, where appropriate, their use of questioning, vocabulary and tools to meet the needs of SEND children. The children will undertake low stakes quizzes at the end of each term to assess knowledge of artists and skills.
Technical art and design vocabulary is progressively mapped out within each unit, allowing children to build a rich bank of art and design based language. We have also decided to encourage children to choose more interesting adjectives to describe artists, designers and architects’ work by giving them a word bank to provoke discussion and develop our children’s reading and writing vocabulary.
Each unit is supported by a power-point which will enable teachers to provide high-quality, progressive teaching in art and design. There will also be a supporting guide for teachers outlining how to meet the objectives for each unit. A high-quality example sketchbook is also available for teachers to have a good understanding of sketchbook outcomes.