We are artists...
Practising and making mistakes is an essential part of our learning journey; where better to practise than within the realms of artistic exploration.
“Art, craft 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.” Primary National Curriculum
Art inspired by Andy Goldsworthy, created by Y3 pupils 2021.
Wrington C of E Primary school follows the guidance of the National Curriculum for art and design and we aim to ensure that all 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
Implementation Key stage 1
Children will use a range of materials creatively to design and make products.
They will use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination, developing a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space.
They will explore 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
“Painting is easy when you don’t know how, but very difficult when you do” – Edgar Degas
Edgar Degas was a French Impressionist artist famous for his pastel drawings and oil paintings.
Implementation Key stage 2
Children are taught to develop their techniques, including their control and their use of materials, with creativity, experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design.
They will create a record of their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas.
They will improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials [for example, pencil, charcoal, paint, clay]
They will learn about great artists, architects and designers in history.
Our Curriculum Provision
Our school has implemented the Chris Quigley Curriculum Companion for Art. We have chosen this curriculum scheme because of the clear resources available for each unit of Art, and because it introduces each aspect of Art using knowledge organiser webs.
These focus on growing the technical information and vocabulary children require to fully and deeply understand that particular unit and aspect of Art, before moving to support them in understanding the practical understanding and skills they need. Teachers can check children's knowledge and subject specific vocabulary using unit quizzes, which are presented in a fun and interactive way. Children are then given the opportunity to explore existing and guided artists, to put this knowledge into practice and to build skills through practise. Children also have the opportunity to evaluate their work and ‘modify’ them to make any necessary changes or improvements before creating a final version that can make them feel proud and inspire their future learning and achievement. By approaching each unit of art consistently, children are supported to understand the big ideas in the subject, and develop a schema, so that they have deep layered awareness of Art, and can fit new knowledge into this model, appreciating the way Art concepts are connected.
“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” – Pablo Picasso
Pablo Ruiz Picasso was a Spanish painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist and theatre designer.
We use the Chris Quigley Resources including ‘knowledge organisers’ because we believe children with the most extensive vocabulary have better reasoning and inference skills. This knowledge supports academic success as well as an ability to make connections between other subjects with improved understanding.
In The Essentials Curriculum, each milestone introduces a range of art and design vocabulary.
According to Isabel L. Beck, and others, in their book Bringing Words to Life pupils when taught, systematically, a range of academic words they are then able to articulate complex ideas.