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 Lowry, Monet and Joss Rossiter. 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. There are also opportunities for children to explore the rich culture of South Africa through Rossiter’s work.
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 Gogh and Frida Kahlo. 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 Mosley, 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.