Purpose of study Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. Teaching and learning of art and design 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.
Our aim is to ensure a variety of opportunities so that all pupils are able to experience a wide range of artistic opportunities, these should enable pupils to produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences, become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques, evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design. The children will know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.
Our long term plan provides a rich and inspiring curriculum for all children from EYFS to year 6. Our creative curriculum allows for art to be placed into context along with key events, people and places and allows them to understand the effect artwork and artists have had on historical situations. Staff at school follow the Plan Bee Scheme of work. Art is taught on a half termly basis which alternates with Design Technology. Art is not just taught as a designated lesson but also linked to topics and the wider curriculum as it gives children the opportunity to bring a topic to life and therefore making it more real. The links to other topics can include, History, Geography and Music and where possible staff also link our local area to work that is being covered. Basic skills are introduced and then built upon, including drawing, printmaking, sketchbooks, painting and making. Skills are revisited and the use of ongoing sketchbook work underpins this process. By creating a safe and nurturing environment, pupils are encouraged to take creative risks and to learn from the journey, rather than head towards a pre-defined end result. The resources and experiences provided are suitable for pupils of all abilities, and enable every child to really delve into their creativity.
Our long term plan also takes into account the National Curriculum expectations for art and design. This ensures that all pupils:
- Produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences.
- Become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques.
- Evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design.
- Know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.
Key Stage 1 Pupils should be taught:
- To use a range of materials creatively to design and make products.
- To use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination.
- To develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space.
- Talk about the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers, describing the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, and making links to their own work.
Key stage 2 Pupils should be taught:
- To develop their techniques, including their control and their use of materials, with creativity, experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design.
- To create sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas.
- To improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials [for example, pencil, charcoal, paint, clay].
- To talk and know about great artists, architects and designers in history.
Children are able to confidently use a variety of techniques and materials in art, craft and design. They can talk about the piece of work produced and talk about similarities and differences with their work and the work of others.
- Art and design learning is loved by teachers and pupils across school.
- They are always keen to learn new skills and work hard to perfect those shown to them.
- Teachers have high expectations and quality evidence can be presented in a variety of ways.
- The children’s art is very often cross-curricular, and helps them to express feelings and emotions in art, as well as show their knowledge and understanding in humanities.
- All children use technical vocabulary accurately and pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified.
- Children will become more confident in analysing their work and giving their opinion on their own and other works of art.
- Children show competences in improving their resilience and perseverance by continually evaluating and improving their work.
- Classroom displays reflect the children’s sense of pride in their artwork and this is also demonstrated by creative outcomes across the wider curriculum.
- The school environment also celebrates children’s achievements in art and demonstrates the subject’s high status in the school, with outcomes, including sculptures, enhancing the outdoor as well as indoor environment.