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Art

“Every child is an artist.” Pablo Picasso

Intent

Art is a vital part of our KEYS curriculum (Knowledge and Skills Empower You to Succeed). It has a significant and valuable role in both the taught curriculum, and in the enrichment opportunities we offer our pupils. These have included activities such as working collaboratively with other schools, working with artists to create work for our school environment and focused art weeks.

The art curriculum is intended to develop:

  • Children’s critical abilities
  • Children’s understanding of their own and others’ cultural heritages through studying a range of artists and art forms both contemporary and from other periods in history.
  • Children’s ability to use a range of materials in drawing, painting and sculpture creatively to design and make products and develop and share their ideas.
  • Children’s understanding of the visual elements of art and design (line, tone, texture, colour, pattern, shape, 3D form and space) with effective teaching and considered sequences of lessons and experiences.

It is designed to build upon children’s previous knowledge, experiences and skills to enable them to reach their full potential.

Implementation

Skills and knowledge are developed throughout each art topic and are mapped across the school to ensure progression. Across Key Stage One, Lower Key Stage Two and Upper Key Stage Two, the children will have the opportunity to develop their creative knowledge and skills across a variety of art disciplines: drawing, painting, textiles, printing, collage and sculpture. The sequence of lessons will include:

  • An introduction to the artist or art form to be studied.
  • Key knowledge on the background of the artist or art form to be studied, which provides context of the artwork, as well as the artists and times that they are learning about and being inspired by. This enables links to other curriculum areas, such as history and geography, with children developing their knowledge of art from different historical periods and individual artists as well as individual works and art movements.
  • Key vocabulary related to the art forms studied.
  • The use of a range of materials and media to develop art and design techniques and skills necessary for the art forms.
  • Production of a piece of children’s own work in the style of the art form studied
  • Evaluating work, making links and comparisons between their own and others’ work.

The children practise and develop mastery in the key processes of art: drawing, painting, printing, textiles and sculpture and develop their confidence in the use of different media.

Impact

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 environment.

The art curriculum at Cronton C.E. contributes to children’s personal development in creativity, independence, judgement and self-reflection.

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