Art and Design
Purpose of study
St Augustine’s Catholic Primary School understands the need to develop creativity, skills and techniques in art, as well as knowledge and awareness of art and artists. Art and design are essential components, which allow children to express themselves through inventing their own works of art. As pupils progress through the primary curriculum, they will learn to work reflectively and critically. We believe that following a clear pathway of progression, as the children advance through the primary curriculum, we provide a secure and stepped education in art, giving them a means to express themselves, to reflect on the work of artists and others and to develop their talents and interests in art.
Art is an important part of our curriculum. It is through creativity, design and exploring that children learn many things, including how to express themselves, how to use colours, how to use different materials and how to think critically and comparatively. Therefore, the overarching aim for art and design is to promote high levels of creativity in our pupils, equipping children with a strong command of different artistic techniques, developing both their love of art and their appreciation of the contribution of art to our culture. Moreover, they will learn specialist vocabulary as they progress through key stage 1 and key stage 2, which will allow them to communicate their ideas.
The staff at St. Augustine’s make sure that all children are exposed to high quality teaching and learning experiences in art, which allow them to explore different skills, different materials (media) and to develop their evaluative skills. We intend to provide all children, with a broad and balanced art curriculum, regardless of ability or aptitude – art can be accessed by all.
In ensuring high standards of teaching and learning in art and design, we implement a curriculum that is progressive throughout the whole school. Planning for art is a process in which all teachers are involved to ensure the school gives full covering of ‘The National Curriculum for art and design in key stage 1 and 2’.
In key stage 1, pupils use a range of materials, they use drawing or painting to develop their ideas, they develop a wide range of design techniques using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space, as well as learning about different artists. In key stage 2, pupils develop their techniques further, especially in terms of their control and use of materials, experimenting with an increasing awareness of different crafts and design. Furthermore, they will use a range of materials (for example, pencil, charcoal, paint and clay) and learn about great artists, architects and designers in history. Where possible, art is linked to class topics, and embedded across the curriculum. Teachers plan to suit their children’s interests, current events and their own teaching style, as well as the resources available.
At St. Augustine’s, we ensure that all children are provided with rich learning experiences that aim to:
• Develop children’s skills in designing and creativity, allowing them to develop their ideas and techniques as artists, as well as to evaluate their own work for improvements reflectively.
• To ensure children are exposed to a variety of materials, including malleable materials, paper and fabric, paint, pencil, printing, ink and charcoal. We aim to allow children to explore and become familiar with these materials throughout their time at St. Augustine’s, developing more skills as they progress through the years.
• To nurture a love of natural art and materials, including patterns in nature, animals and landscapes.
• To encourage children to look at art and compare it, identifying similarities and differences between pieces of work, between artworks from different times and cultures and between differing uses of perspectives (including abstract forms of art).
• To explore significant people, artworks and movements, explaining why these are important, working in the style of different artists and creating work inspired by artists and characteristics of artistic movements.
Children are given the opportunity to work with an expert Artist, for one half term per year, when they will work on a project tailored to their learning and interests, allowing them to develop skills, explore different media and create unique and special works of art as a class, guided by an experienced art professional.
Each class has their own sketch book, in which examples of the children’s Art and design journey are recorded throughout the year, reflecting their progress in the curriculum and their love of creativity itself.
We appreciate the importance of parents and carers in supporting their children to develop artistic skills from a young age, and encourage children to work artistically at home too, to enhance their skills being taught in school. We hope that our children’s love of art spills into their homes and inspires the adults around them.
Pupils will demonstrate new skills in art and design and will be able to utilise different forms of media, allowing them to develop creatively and take part in art in an enjoyable and rewarding way. They will acquire appropriate age related knowledge, linked to the art curriculum, but also skills that they can apply elsewhere, within their everyday lives.
All children will have:
• Will have a wider variety of skills linked to artistic materials and media, famous artists, natural art and when comparing different pieces of art.
• Will be able to evaluate their own and others’ pieces of work reflectively, beginning to think more critically as they progress in key stage 2.
• They will develop a richer vocabulary which will enable them to articulate themselves when comparing and contrasting art, as well as in evaluating their own work.
• Alongside this, they will adopt and develop high aspirations and ambitions, which will allow them to develop in further study, work and adult life.
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