In Art, we aim to provide children with a variety of experiences where both their imagination and technical ability can be developed. Children have the opportunity to experiment and improve their skills in drawing, painting, printing, model making and pottery. We help all children to respond creatively to the world around them and to the work of great artists, craft makers and designers.
In each project we study art history and the children learn skills in the formal elements of art and design. Each project taught develops children's understanding of the formal elements; line, tone, colour, form, composition and depth. Every child has a sketchbook where they record their progress and end of project evaluations alongside photographs of final pieces produced.
Part of the assessment process is a teacher led completion of the Skills Wheel and Art History Ladder, at the back of every sketchbook. This is an opportunity for teachers to show children what they have learnt and for children to see how they could progress their work next. For example, in painting having learnt how to mix and apply colours, next they could progress in the same medium by learning how to represent form. The Art History ladder serves to record artists and designers studied to date. (See image of Skills Wheel and Art History Ladder below)
We give children opportunities to explore their ideas and find challenge, enjoyment and satisfaction through art. They are encouraged to analyse and evaluate creative works using technical language. We aim to increase children's awareness of the works of artists, craft makers and designers from our own country as well as others and to understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms. Budding artists can further explore specific skills and techniques in their optional homework projects. See project guidance for further details.