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Art and Design

“Every child is an artist…” Picasso


Children see before they speak, make marks before they write, build before they walk but the child’s ability to appreciate and interpret these things is influenced by the quality of their art, craft and design education.


Children are given opportunities to explore their ideas by experimenting, inventing and creating their own varied works of art using a range of materials. They will learn how to draw, paint, sculpt and explore other art, craft and design techniques.


Another important aspect of the art and design curriculum is learning about how art has shaped our history and how it reflects it.



Why is Art taught the way we teach it?

The aim of teaching Art is to inspire pupils’ individuality and creativity to flow through everything they do. It is our intention at Audley to develop this natural desire for self-expression in Art by providing stimulating and inspiring opportunities across a range of art experiences. Also underlying our intention is an awareness of the role of artistic expression in enhancing self-esteem and well-being. We aim to inspire and engage our children within a wide range of Art experiences throughout their years at our school. 'Access Art' is a clear and flexible platform which provides high-quality art that engages, inspires and challenges pupils. It equips them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design; making progress in their skills throughout their Audley education. 



What makes Audley’s coverage/approach to Art effective?

To be a successful learner at Audley we aim to enable pupils to progress in such a way that allows for the development of critical thinking and a rigorous understanding of art and design. To bring awareness of how art reflects and shapes our history, and contributes to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation, to all children at Audley. By creating a safe and nurturing environment, pupils are encouraged to take creative risks and to learn from the journey, rather than head towards a pre-defined end result. 


Through art and design pupils can: 

  • produce creative work – recording experiences and observations, exploring and combining ideas, thoughts, imagination, senses and emotions;
  • explore, experiment with and enjoy a range of drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design skills and techniques, developing increasing proficiency and confidence; 
  • learn to evaluate, analyse and discuss their own and others’ creative works using the language of art, craft and design; 
  • know about great artists, craft makers and designers and movements, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms. 


What do we want an Audley Artist to know/have experienced/be able to do before they leave Year 6?

We believe that the pupils at Audley Primary School deserve to leave our school with a wealth of creativity and imagination. Our art curriculum provides visual, tactile and sensory experiences and a special way of understanding and responding to the world. It enables children to communicate what they see, feel and think through the use of colour, texture, form, pattern and different materials and processes. Children become involved in shaping their environments through art and design activities. They learn to make informed judgements and aesthetic and practical decisions. They explore ideas and meanings through the work of artists and designers. Through learning about the roles and functions of art, they can explore the impact it has had on contemporary life and that of different times and cultures. The appreciation and enjoyment of the visual arts enriches all our lives.  


The aims of art and design are:

· To enable children to record from first-hand experience and from imagination, and to select their own ideas to use  

    in their work;  

· To develop creativity and imagination through a range of complex activities;  

· To improve the children’s ability to control materials, tools and techniques;  

· To increase their critical awareness of the roles and purposes of art and design in different times and cultures;  

· To develop increasing confidence in the use of visual and tactile elements and materials;  

· To foster an enjoyment and appreciation of the visual arts and a knowledge of artists, craftspeople and designers



Key stage 1 (Years 1 and 2)


Pupils should be taught:


  • To use a range of materials creatively to design and make products.
  • To use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination.
  • To develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space.
  • 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.


Key stage 2 (Years 3 to 6)


Pupils should be 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.


Pupils should be taught:


  • To create sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas
  • To improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials [for example, pencil, charcoal, paint, clay].
  • About great artists, architects and designers in history.
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Audley Primary School,
Caterham, Surrey, CR3 5ED