At Greenlands all children, including SEND and disadvantaged, learn a variety of concepts and themes through studying a variety of aspects of art.
Every human is an artist
- Don Miguel Ruiz
Why art is important
Through art children have an excellent opportunity to communicate their inner thoughts and feelings through a range of media. Research suggests that art develops creativity, a core pre-requisite of innovative mind sets, communicative attitudes and problem solving; it seems obvious that the skill of ‘creating’ is fundamental to the development of solutions. Furthermore, the teaching and learning of art has been proven to have a positive impact on handwriting, social skills and overall well-being. At Greenlands, we use the Kapow Scheme for Art and Design.
National Curriculum Purpose of Study
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.
What art looks like at Greenlands
The teaching of Art and Design at Greenlands Primary School is underpinned by the National Curriculum and and we use the Kapow Scheme for Art and Design. Knowledge and Skills are arranged within subject specific themes. Vocabulary for each topic is identified and explicitly taught to address the recognised ‘word gap’ that exists for many of the children that attend Greenlands Primary School.
During their time at Greenlands Primary School, children study a diverse range of artists, mediums and art genres. The continued revision of subject specific concepts alongside regular revisiting of previous learning will enable children to know more and remember more.
Concepts Running Through Art
- Formal Elements of Art: Colour, Form, Line, Pattern, Shape, Texture, Tone
Whole School Overview
Early Years Foundation Stage
Expressive arts and design is one of the seven areas of the Early Years' Foundation Stage and at Greenlands’ art is used to develop children’s imagination, creativity and their ability to use media and materials. Children explore a wide variety of media and tools, including; paint, pencil, play dough, brushes and natural items. It provides visual, tactile and sensory experiences and a special way of understanding and responding to the world. It enables children of all abilities to communicate what they see, feel and think through the use of colour, texture, form, pattern and different materials and processes. All these approaches to expressive arts help children to represent and understand their own feelings and ideas.
Key Stage One
The principle focus of art teaching in KS1 is to enable children to:
- use a range of materials creatively to design and make products
- use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination
- develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space
- know 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.
Children explore and compare the disciplines of drawing, painting and sculpture. They investigate a range of artists , and explore significant pieces of their art work. They continue to build on the skills and knowledge that were acquired in EYFS and develop techniques to show texture when drawing and painting. They use malleable materials when sculpting, explore a range of manipulating techniques and are encouraged to discuss why these techniques have been used.
Children explore and compare the disciplines of drawing, painting and sculpture. They store their ideas and rehearse skills in their sketch books. They investigate a range of artists, and explore significant pieces of their art work. They develop their skills and control with a range of drawing materials. They experiment with different brushes, different brushstrokes, and other painting tools. Children use a range of materials to create sculptures, weaving and printmaking.
Key Stage Two
In KS2 pupils should 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.
The principle focus of art teaching in KS2 is to enable children to:
- further develop their use of their sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas
- improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials
- know about great artists, architects and designers in history.
Children explore and compare the disciplines of drawing, painting and sculpture. They investigate significant artists and explore significant pieces of their art work. They build on their skills and knowledge from KS1 by drawing from direct observation, applying and using geometry and tonal shading. Children develop their understanding of textiles developing techniques such as sewing and tie dying.
Children explore and compare the disciplines of drawing and painting. They investigate significant artists and explore significant pieces of their art work. They build on their skills and knowledge from year 3 by drawing still life from observation and further develop their understanding of geometry and mathematical proportion. They explore how artists use colour and painting techniques within their work and use these to create their own pieces of art. They build on their knowledge of sculpture by using a wider range of materials to create their pieces.
Children explore and compare the disciplines of drawing and painting. They investigate significant artists and explore significant pieces of their art work. They continue to build on their skills and knowledge from previous years by beginning to use colour to depict thoughts and feelings within their artwork. They use a range of paint and varied brush techniques to create shapes, textures, patterns and lines and they are able to create a background before adding detail.
Children explore and compare the disciplines of drawing, painting and photography. They investigate significant artists and explore significant pieces of their art work. Children expand their skills and knowledge by learning how to shade edges and outlines, negative drawing, chiaroscuro and how to use perspective in drawings. They use varied brush techniques to create shapes, textures, patterns and lines and are able to create a background using a number of techniques. Children become aware that photography can capture an image of a person, place or event whilst also developing an awareness of mood, emotions, scale, perspective, movement and feelings in photography. They create photomontages to depict these.