“The aim of art is not to represent the outward appearance of things but their inward significance”
Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. A high quality art and design education should 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. As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation. (NC2014)
WE CAN Provide teaching that develops knowledge and skills so children can learn and progress effectively
In Year 1-6 Art is taught in blocked units. In Reception, it is taught regularly under the Creating With Materials Early Learning Goal.
The curriculum is planned so that children are able to apply the art skills they have learnt to reproducing and being inspired by the work of notable artists.
In the EYFS, children learn to express their ideas and to experiment with different materials.
In KS1, children learn to draw people and plants. They paint in the style of the Pop artists and Henri Matisse. Children create clay models and printwork in the style of William Morris.
In LKS2, children learn to draw Still Life and Portraits. They paint in they style of the impressionists and Van Gogh. Children produce a mixed-media project using textiles and digital technology.
In UKS2, children learn to draw landscapes and building. They paint in the style of the impressionists and Frida Kahlo. Pupils create sculpture using wire, foil and clay in the style of William Calder.
A good art lesson at Grendon will include opportunities for children to develop skills and to explore their ideas. Short linked activities support children to develop the skills they need to produce a final piece. Lessons are practical and purposeful.
WE CAN Offer enriching activities, event and experiences
Art work is an important part of the calendars each child produces in December each year. In Year 6, pupils enjoy a Graffiti artist workshop to promote self-confidence and positivity.
WE CAN Work together to remove barriers and ensure equality
Lessons are carefully to ensure all children, regardless of their natural talent for art, are able to progress and succeed. The most able artists are challenged with additional complexity of tasks. Many children on our EAL or Special Needs register find that because it is not reliant on language or writing, Art is a subject where they are able to access learning in line with their peers.
WE CAN Build independent and resilient learners who are able to communicate confidently
The process of evaluation and improvements to art works supports children to apply their own resilience.
Children are encouraged to discuss and evaluate their work with peers.
WE CAN Listen to and treat each other and all members of the community with respect, tolerance and concern
Children are taught to share their opinions about art work. They are taught to phrase any criticism respectfully.
WE CAN Recognise ability, maximise potential and prepare children well for their future and life in modern Britain
Learning about artists who form part of the UK’s cultural canvas provides children with the cultural capital they need as modern British Citizens.
An interest in art at primary school may lead children into design or creative careers in the future lives.