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Art & Design

Art and Design is a very diverse subject. It includes both two and three-dimensional work and an appreciation of the work of great artists and craftspeople. Our key aim is to enable pupils to express an imaginative perspective to produce their individual ideas in high quality work. Art and Design fosters learning through 'doing' and it provides an excellent basis for enhancing and consolidating work in other areas. Pupils are encouraged to develop their understanding of colour, tone, form, texture, line, pattern and their ability to use materials and processes to communicate ideas, feelings and meanings. Pupils have many opportunities to master their techniques in using many different mediums including a variety of paper, pastels, paint, clay and textiles.

Throughout the Early Years and KS1, pupils will create works of art and design using a range of different materials. They will create shapes for sculptures and explore how paint can be used to create different textures and colours by mixing. Pupils will develop their drawing skills by looking at how different implements can create different marks and they will evaluate the effectiveness. This will help them select the most appropriate implements to create their art work. Pupils will explore textiles by experimenting with different dyes and simple weaving techniques and create printing tiles using mono-printing techniques.

In KS2, pupils will further develop their drawing skills by adding a third dimension and considering how different grades of pencil can alter the lines and depth of their drawings. Pupils will consider a how to create a single focal point in their art. Pupils painting skills will continue to develop by combining textures and tones, using colour overlays and a range of brush types for different paintings. Their 3D sculptures will have more detail as pupils make simple joins and pinch and fold materials in order to change the shape. Pupils will develop their printing skills through the inclusion of additional colours and raised printing. Throughout all aspects of art, pupils will explore the roles and purposes of artists, craftspeople and designers working in different times and cultures.

Every January, we have Arts Week where, through a given stimulus, the whole school will focus on particular artist or media.  We always enjoy showcasing and evaluating the resulting work.

Through our topics, we ensure pupils learn he knowledge, skills and understanding identified in the national curriculum and as per our progression document below.