Subject Overview: Art and Design
The school believes that art is a vital part of children’s education, with a significant and valuable role in the taught curriculum and the enrichment opportunities we offer our pupils. Learning within art, craft and design stimulates creativity and imagination. It provides visual, tactile and sensory experiences and a special way of understanding and responding to the world. Children will develop their understanding of the visual language of art with effective teaching and considered sequences of lessons and experiences. Understanding of the visual elements of art and design (line, tone, texture, colour, pattern, shape, 3D form) will be developed by providing a curriculum which will enable children to reach their full potential.
Children will become involved in shaping their environment through art and design activities, involving different creative techniques. They will explore ideas and meaning through the work of artists and designers. Additionally, as they learn about the history, roles and functions of art, they can explore the impact that it has on contemporary life and that of different times and cultural heritages through the study of a diverse range of artists.
The national curriculum for art and design aims to ensure that all pupils:
Our pedological approach to teaching this subject in the Robert Piggott CE Schools:
We believe that Art is a practical and personal exploration of ideas, which allows pupils to develop confidence in expressing their individual interests. Art in our school is about developing children’s ability to explore, reflect on ideas and experiment with their skills. where children learn about a variety of artists and craftspeople, as well as developing a range of skills and techniques. The skills and knowledge that children will develop throughout each art topic are mapped across each year group and are progressive throughout the school.
We teach a predominantly skills-based curriculum, which covers drawing, painting,
sculpture, textiles and printing. Skills are revisited and honed in a spiral curriculum, which progresses in terms of depth and challenge, to build on the children’s previous learning. This systematic approach to the development of artistic skills means that children are given opportunities to express their creative imagination, as well as practise and develop mastery in the key processes of art: drawing, painting, printing, textiles and sculpture. Regular focus on particular individual artists, individual works and art movements builds children’s art knowledge as they develop an understanding of their own and others’ cultural heritages through the study of a diverse range of artists.
Our art curriculum also includes planned opportunities for learning outside the classroom, as well as the involvement of adults with specialist skills from the local and wider community.