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. Our new creative curriculum framework is clear and flexible and embeds creativity across the whole school curriculum to provide 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.
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:
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
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.