Art Intent Statement
At Woodlands, we believe art is a crucial subject which allows the children to excel without any restrictions and give them the opportunities to express themselves in any form. We strive to ensure that all children have a safe and nurturing environment where they have the freedom to take ownership of their own ideas and interpretations and develop at their own pace.
Art lessons are fully inclusive and allows the children to grow and develop, supporting them to have a growth mindset and also have aspirations to develop their artistic talents.
Creative art lessons allow our children to:
• Be exposed to a therapeutic and calming environment, where they are encouraged to discuss their thoughts and feelings about the art and artists and then apply this to themselves.
• Be free to make mistakes and embrace these imperfections to improve their work, building their resilience.
• Challenge stereotypes of what a good artist should be and allow them to decide what they think based on their own thoughts and opinions.
• Appreciate their own surroundings and environment and see the natural beauty that surrounds us.
• Embrace all cultures and their artistic ideals making links to the wider community and appreciate these regardless of their own beliefs.
• Celebrate their own achievements and that of others and set themselves high expectations of what they can accomplish.
Art Implementation statement
At Woodlands Primary School, we value Art and Design as an important part of the children’s entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum. We feel that Art and Design gives children the opportunities to develop and extend skills and an opportunity to express their individual interests, thought and ideas. Through Art and Design we allow the children to develop their highest form of human creativity without limitations. A high-quality art and design curriculum should inspire, engager and challenge pupils while providing them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent, create and design their own work. As pupils progress through their learning they should be able to critically think and develop their understanding of skills and understanding of art and design. Children should also know how art and design has shaped and contributed our history, how it is imbedded in the culture and reflect upon this as learners.
The national curriculum for art and design aims to ensure 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.
The teaching and implementation of the Art and Design Curriculum at Woodlands Primary is based on the National Curriculum and linked to topics to ensure a well structure approached to this creative subject.
The children are taught Art as part of their termly topic work (3 units or more). Areas covered include sculpture mosaics, printing based on topic work, such as the canopic jars, nature trails, Aboriginal art, WW2 painting used by the Government, painting, nature walks sketching, and the works of various artists linked to the topic.
Early Years Foundation Stage
Pupils are able to explore variety of media and materials through a combination of child initiated and adult directed activities. They have opportunities to learn to:
- Explore the textures, movement, feel and look of different media and materials
- Respond to a range of media and materials, develop their understanding of them in order to manipulate and create different effects.
- Use different media and materials to express their own ideas
- Explore colour and use for a particular purpose
- Develop skills to use simple tools and techniques competently and appropriately
- Select appropriate media and techniques and adapt their work where necessary
Key stage 1
Pupil are 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
- 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
Pupil are taught to develop their techniques, including control and their use of material, with creativity, experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design.
Pupils are taught:
- 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]
- About great artists, architects and designers in history.