Art and Design
Art Intent, Implementation and Impact
‘Growing Global Citizens’
At Broseley C of E school, we believe art allows children of all backgrounds and abilities to engage in a subject that gives a unique opportunity for personal expression and creativity. It allows children to express their thoughts, feelings, observations, and imagination.
Our art curriculum will provide everyone with the opportunity to learn, apply and strengthen the key elements of line, tone, texture, colour, pattern, and shape within the areas of drawing, colour, texture, form, printing, and pattern.
SEE (Sustainability, Equality and Empowerment) feature throughout the art curriculum. Children will be taught about a range of influential artists of different ethnicity and gender who have contributed to the culture, creativity and wealth of Britain and the world. They will explore artists’ paintings such as: Turner’s seascapes, urban landscapes of Lowry and mixed media landscapes of David Hockney. Pupils will respect, evaluate, reflect upon, and articulate their thoughts on artist’s work and consider their own pieces and the pieces of their peers.
They will have an aesthetic appreciation of their immediate environment. They will observe it first-hand. They will also explore the work of artists such as EL Anatsui who uses recycling and Andy Goldsworthy who uses natural resources on projects.
There will also be opportunity to develop technical vocabulary linked to techniques.
They are expected to be resilient to improve and excited to learn new skills.
Implementation: How is Art taught at Broseley C of E?
Art will be taught in a coherent, purposeful, and progressive way allowing children to explore their own interests as well as reflect upon other’s work and notice cultural reference points.
A great artwork / or sculpture can spark an interest in a child that may pique their curiosity. It can teach them the skills of critical thinking and problem solving, allowing them to make connections with prior learning and decode visual imagery across the curriculum. This allows them to communicate and comprehend in an increasingly image-saturated world.
Opportunity is given to talk about art and craft using the correct terminology and subject-specific vocabulary. We recognise the importance of ensuring the children are exposed to a wide and diverse range of high-quality artists and cultural artefacts.
We believe children should be taught a mixture of practical, theoretical, and disciplinary knowledge. Complex skills need to be broken down to build technical control and proficiency. Planning and teaching should build automaticity.
The children will use sketchbooks to develop their ideas, record their imitations and give experimentation opportunities. These will also display their final innovation piece inspired by their own reflections.
We will give opportunity (where possible) for gallery, sculptural park visits etc. to experience original pieces, as well as give value to displaying their own work. Virtual visits to galleries further afield are encouraged.
The curriculum is carefully sequenced to ensure that pupils build on the knowledge and skills they have been taught. The key themes of sustainability, equality and empowerment are threaded throughout the curriculum from Reception to Year 6.
The key knowledge and skills that we focus on throughout our Art curriculum are drawing, colour, pattern, printing, texture, and form. These are developed through the years.
Art in EYFS
In Early Years, the children develop essential basic skills in Art and Design which prepares them for their transition into Year 1. This is by the teacher creating many opportunities for the children to carry out creative activities across all areas of learning.
By the End of Early Years, it is expected that the children will be able to:
- Explore what happens when they mix colours.
- Experiment to create different textures.
- Understand that different media can be combined to create new effects.
- Use simple tools and techniques competently and appropriately.
- Select appropriate resources and adapt work where necessary.
- Select tools and techniques needed to shape, assemble and join materials they are using.
- Have opportunity to explore a wide variety of artists work and begin to discuss what they see. They will be encouraged to use their observations to influence their own work.
From Year 1 upwards, the children will engage in art units throughout the year which will involve the children researching artist’s work, practising skills, designing, making, and evaluating.
Prior to the start of each Art unit
Each Art learning sequence will begin with an assessment of previous knowledge and skills taught. They will look at an artist/s for inspiration, from which specific skills will be taught. Opportunity is then given to imitate and experiment before an innovative final piece is made.
Key skills and vocabulary from prior year groups will be revisited in preparation for the introduction of new vocabulary. Knowledge and skills will be progressed. For example, in year 4, colour wheels and colour theory will be taught building on their work with primary and secondary colours from Year 3.
Famous artists they have studied will be discussed and their learning will be reactivated through short quizzes and questioning.
The children will engage in a range of units and lessons which will involve the children researching artist’s work, practising skills, designing, making, and evaluating.
In this type of session, the children will explore an artist’s work linked to their unit.
Pupils will start to build on their understanding of an artwork by critiquing a chosen piece. Starting by describing exactly what they see in the piece, interpreting what they think the piece is about, judging it based on their own opinions and what they have learnt and finally analysing the elements of art used to produce the piece.
During this session, the children will engage in practical activities to practise the necessary skills that they will need when completing their final piece of work. This may be a new skill or a skill previously practised but that required more practise.
The children will draw/sketch their design and annotate this with information about their design such as, what features they have included in their design.
During this lesson, the children will also answer questions such as:
- What materials will I need?
- What colours will I use?
- What technical skills will I need to practise before making the product? (Some of these may have been previously taught skills which need refreshing or be completely new)
The children produce their final piece.
The children will not only evaluate the overall effectiveness of their final piece of work but also the knowledge of the skills that they applied with comparison made to original artists.
This process will be recorded individually in their Art Sketch Book. The children and teacher will annotate the work to allow for reflections and deepen thinking.
Visiting art galleries and having artists work in schools will consolidate and deepen skills and an opportunity to apply what has been taught
During the independent work section, pupils will apply their knowledge to a task. All pupils will have the opportunity to meet the same learning objective.
Support for pupils with SEND
At the beginning of each unit of work, key pieces of knowledge for the unit are selected and work takes place to ensure that pupils with SEND are retaining and building on this. In addition, scaffolding ensures that pupils can meet the same learning objective as their peers.
Opportunity is given through extra-curricular clubs - Arts and Crafts and Wool Craft club. Competitions are run to encourage artistic ambition.
We believe engagement with art, builds confidence, promotes creative and practical responses, and allows imaginative risk-taking which nurtures critical, creative, and analytical thinking skills. It promotes self-esteem and offers large amounts of enjoyment for health and wellbeing. We want the children at Broseley C of E to be very enthusiastic and proud of their artistic development and be always keen to share their learning
The intended impact of the Art Curriculum is that the children are excited, confident, and motivated to reflect their own observations, thoughts and emotions using a variety of creative medias. They are thoughtful, curious, and reflective on their own work and that of their peers and studied artists.
In addition, it is the intended impact that the children:
- are inspired by the Art Curriculum and want to learn more.
- show the progression in their skills, knowledge and understanding in the work in their books.
- can discuss their learning and remember what they have learnt.
- can identify some key artists and talk about their work.