ART AND DESIGN
Art and Design is a means of communication that can help children to explore, understand, share and represent their physical and human environment. 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.
Pupils’ understanding of Art and Design is developed through knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the work of other artists past and present and from different cultures. Through our creative curriculum Art and Design is also accessed in other subjects. The children are encouraged to express their creative ideas in a secure and appreciative environment. They are shown how to work with a range of materials and equipment including digital media, clay, modrock and textiles and are taught various techniques in areas such as printing, painting and mark marking.
Our Art curriculum develops creativity, sets challenges, engages and inspires children and equips them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. The curriculum has appropriate subject knowledge, skills and understanding to explore and investigate, create and evaluate artwork as set out in the National Curriculum and so will enable the children to reach and exceed their potential at OLOL Primary School. It will enable pupils to create artwork with a real purpose in terms when displaying and sharing the work they create and showcasing the skills and progress they have made.
Our Art curriculum provides a clear and comprehensive scheme of work that will show progression of skills across all key stages within the strands of Art. The children given an opportunity to present their sense of vision through observation, experimentation, and illustration. Pupils are encouraged to use their imagination through a wide variety of media and manipulative skills are developed as well as an awareness of colour, texture, design and dimension. Because the children will have access to key knowledge, language and meanings, they will be able to apply this to their work in Art and across the wider curriculum. There will be, where applicable, links to develop the children’s learning experiences, which could take the form of whole school workshops or be linked to a wider cross curricular project. Teaching should plan for a final piece of artwork to be produced/displayed and shared at the end of each topic.
Sketch books are used throughout the school to evidence the children’s learning journey in each art and design topic.
Key Stage 1:
- Introduction to the artist/ art form to be studied.
- Learn about the background of the subject
- Use a range of materials and media to develop art and design techniques in the style of the subject studied
- Produce a piece of work in the style of the subject studied
- Evaluate work, making links and comparisons between theirs and the subject studied
- Use sketch books to further develop techniques when no designated topic
Key Stage 2:
- Children should be using their sketch books frequently as a place for them to experiment and try out techniques at any point in the school week. They should be considered an art jotter to be used regularly and by the children’s own initiation so that ideas can be review and revisited.
- Pupils should be taught to develop their techniques through topic work including their control and use of materials – increasingly being able to decide and choose which materials to use to produce a finished piece.
- Pupils will be taught about great artists, architects and designers in history with equal attention being paid to men as well as women artists.
Our Art Curriculum is high quality, well thought out and is planned to demonstrate progression. If children are keeping up with the curriculum, they are deemed to be making good or better progress. In addition, we measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:
- A reflection on standards achieved against the planned outcomes.
- Pupil discussions about their learning; which includes discussion of their thoughts, ideas, processing and evaluations of the artwork.
- A celebration of learning for each term which demonstrates progression across the school; The children have their final pieces displayed and then collated in their own Art Portfolios. Sketch books are used to evidence the children’s learning journey through each art topic. Portfolios and sketchbooks are both used in the assessment process.
Ongoing assessments take place throughout the year. Teachers use this information to inform future lessons; ensuring children are supported and challenged appropriately. This data is analysed on a termly basis to inform and address any trends or gaps in attainment.