Curriculum Leader: Laura Oswald
We are committed to providing all children with learning opportunities to engage in art and design. The purpose of Art and Design education is to give pupils the skills, concepts and knowledge necessary for them to express their responses to ideas and experiences in a visual or tactile form. It fires their imagination and is a fundamental means of personal expression.
While it is essentially a practical subject, art should provide opportunities for reflection and, with increasing sensitivity, pupils should acquire the ability to make informed, critical responses to their own work and that of others.
There is great pleasure to be derived from Art and Design and, through deeper understanding; pupils can gain access to cultural richness and diversity. The appreciation and enjoyment of the visual arts enriches all our lives.
The aims of Art and Design are:
• To enable all children to have access to a varied range of high quality art experiences
• To provide an imaginative, innovative and well planned lessons which will foster enthusiasm for art and design amongst all the children
• To foster an enjoyment and appreciation of the visual arts and a knowledge of artists, craftspeople and designers, through links with the local and wider multicultural community.
• To stimulate children’s creativity and imagination by providing visual, tactile and sensory experience
• To develop children’s understanding of colour, form, texture, pattern and their ability to use materials and processes to communicate ideas, feelings and meanings
• To inspire confidence, value and pleasure in art
• To teach children to express their own ideas, feelings, thoughts and experiences
• To develop children’s design capability
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 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 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.
Each child in KS1 and KS2 has an art sketchbook which serves as a cumulative record of their work throughout the year. Samples of children’s work are also collected. Monitoring takes place regularly through sampling children’s work, teacher planning and lesson observations.
There are a wide range of resources to support the teaching of art and design across the school. All classes have a range of basic resources kept in the classroom; large bottles of paint and some other equipment, including specialist books are kept centrally.
In art club we do lots of creative projects. We recently made our own dramatic masks using colourful decorations.