Art gives our children the skills, concepts and knowledge necessary for them to express responses to ideas and experiences.
Our Art curriculum will stimulate creativity, imagination and individuality. We believe that art gives our children the skills, concepts and knowledge necessary for them to express responses to ideas and experiences. We will enable them to express themselves while they experience the beauty of colour, different mediums, light and materials.
We use a variety of teaching and learning styles in Art lessons. Our principal aim is to develop the children’s knowledge, skills and understanding and we do this through a mixture of whole class teaching and individual/group activities.
Units of work always include spending time appreciating the work of one or more artists. These might be older artists or those with a more modern style. Children examine at how the artist produced their artwork, rehearse the techniques themselves and then use these to produce work of their own in the same style.
Teachers draw attention to good examples of individual creative work as models for the other children and we encourage the children to evaluate their own work as well as the work of their peers. Within lessons, we give children the opportunity both to collaborate as well as work independently, and have the opportunity to use a wide range of resources.
Teachers assess children’s work in Art by observing them work during lessons. Verbal feedback is offered throughout the lesson, whilst not compromising a child’s creativity. Art work is marked or responded to at the end of the unit of work in each child’s Art sketchbook, with teachers providing comments which refer to the child’s use of the skills and techniques taught.
We aim to foster a love of art and encourage children to express themselves creatively. Art not only enables the development of children’s fine motor skills and observational skills, it enables them to make connections to the world around them and make sense of their experiences.
Children receive a weekly art lesson in which they learn the key skills of drawing, painting, printing, sculpture and collage. They are exposed to a wide range of media as well as a range of contemporary and traditional artists.