We aim to encourage, inspire and challenge children to apply the knowledge and skills which they are taught to create their own works of art, craft and design. There should be balance of discrete skills sessions and opportunities for children to apply these skills in imaginative work. In so doing, we provide valuable opportunities for exploration and self-expression within a safe, controlled environment. Art is an enjoyable, accessible and holistic means for all children to develop and deepen their understanding of all subjects across the curriculum.
Children are introduced to a diverse range of great artists, designers and craftspeople both historical and contemporary, and are encouraged to evaluate their work and to form their own opinions and ideas, responding both verbally and in writing. As a result, children begin to identify staring points for their own work and apply their developing skills to achieve their intentions. Children are also encouraged to evaluate their own work and the work of their peers in the same way, identifying areas of strength and making informed and constructive suggestions on ways in which the work could be improves or altered.
Over the key stage children will experience the following:
• To create sketch books and record their observations and developing skills, and to use them to review and revisit ideas.
• To improve their mastery of art and design techniques with a range of materials including:
- Drawing: pencil, charcoal, graphite, pastel
- Painting: colour mixing, tints/shades, different tools for paint application
- Sculpture: clay, Modrock, textiles, modelling, papier mache.
- Learning about the life and work of great artists, architects, crafts people and designers both historical and contemporary.