At The Glebe Primary School, we value Art and Design as an important part of every child’s entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum. We recognise the vital role of Art and Design in allowing curiosity, creativity and self–expression to develop alongside resilience, confidence and critical thinking skills.
Art and Design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. A high-quality 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.
The intent of our Art and Design curriculum is to deliver a curriculum which is accessible to all and that will maximise the development of every child’s ability and academic achievement in the area of Art and Design; enabling them to know more about art and artists, remember more about art and the artists they learn about and understand how to use and apply this knowledge to impact upon their own art work.
The aims of teaching Art and Design in our school are:
- To fulfil the requirements of the National Curriculum for Art and Design.
- To expose children to significant artists, craft makers, architects and designers, past and present.
- To become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques.
- To develop an awareness of the visual and tactile elements including: colour, pattern and texture, line and tone, shape and form and space.
- To produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences.
- To evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design.
The Glebe Primary’s Art and Design curriculum provides children with opportunities to develop their skills using a range of media and materials. Children learn the skills of drawing, painting, printing, textiles and sculpture and are given the opportunity to explore and evaluate different creative ideas. Children will be introduced to a range of works and develop knowledge of the styles and techniques used by famous artists, craft-makers, architects and designers.
Our Art and Design curriculum is built around essential knowledge, understanding and key skills. The skills and knowledge that children will develop are mapped across each year group and are progressive throughout the school. This ensures all pupils are challenged in line with their year group expectations and are given the opportunity to build on their prior knowledge.
The emphasis on knowledge ensures that children understand the context of the artwork, as well as the artists that they are learning about and being inspired by. This enables links to other curriculum areas, including humanities, with children developing a considerable knowledge of individual artists, as well as individual works and art movements.
A similar systematic approach to the development of artistic skills means that children are given opportunities to express their creative imagination, as well as practise and develop mastery in the key processes of art: drawing, painting, printing, textiles and sculpture.
From Year 1, each child is given a sketchbook. We give the children ownership of their sketchbooks in order to foster their sense of creativity. Children use their sketchbooks to make initial sketches, develop skills, record ideas and develop opinions.
The school’s high-quality art curriculum is supported through the availability of a wide range of quality resources, which are used to support children’s confidence in the use of different media.
The structure of the Art and Design curriculum will ensure that all children will become creative learners and have opportunities to: develop a range of skills, using different materials and media; broaden their artistic knowledge; and develop a wide range of vocabulary. Children will have a web of knowledge about artists, craft-makers, architects and designers from a range of times and cultures and they will apply this knowledge to their own work.
The consistent use of children’s sketchbooks means that children are able to review, modify and develop their initial ideas in order to achieve high quality outcomes. Children learn to understand and apply the key principles of art: line, tone, texture, shape, form, space, pattern, colour, contrast, composition, proportion, and perspective. The opportunity for children to refine and develop their techniques over time is supported by effective lesson sequencing and progression between year groups. Creativity and uniqueness will be celebrated and children will develop a sense of pride in their artwork.
The impact of our Art and Design curriculum is to promote the opportunity for every child to be an artist. We aim to develop future artists and the children’s appreciation of the art around them.