Art & Design
At St Luke’s to get better at art means to develop the artistic skills so that the children can truly represent themselves through a piece of art. The art curriculum builds on the children’s prior knowledge in drawing, painting and sculpture. The children are exposed to and discuss many different artists from different periods and cultures. This supports them in developing an understanding of art through the school .
At the end of each unit, the children will use the skills that they have learnt and the media they have been working with, alongside the knowledge they have gained of artworks and artists to express themselves in a way that they choose.
The curriculum at St. Luke’s is designed to provide a broad and balanced education that meets the needs of all children. It provides opportunities for children to develop as independent, confident and successful learners, with high aspirations, who know how to make a positive contribution to their community and the wider society. The curriculum ensures that academic success, creativity and problem solving, reliability, responsibility and resilience, as well as physical development, well-being and mental health are key elements that support the development of the whole child and promote a positive attitude to learning. The curriculum celebrates the diversity and utilises the skills, knowledge and cultural wealth of the community while supporting the children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, ensuring that children are well-prepared for life in modern Britain.
St. Luke’s believes that Art is a vital part of children’s education and has a significant and valuable role in the taught curriculum, as well as the enrichment opportunities we offer our pupils. The Art curriculum will develop children’s critical abilities and understanding of their own and others’ cultural heritages through studying a diverse range of artists. At our school, we intend that children should master Art and Design to such an extent that they can go on to have careers within Art and Design and make use of art effectively in their everyday lives.
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. Our children will be taught Art and Design in a way that ensures progression of skills and follows a sequence to build on previous learning.
Our children will gain experience and skills of a wide range of formal elements of art in a way that will enhance their learning opportunities, enabling them to use art and design across a range of subjects to be creative and solve problems, ensuring they make progress.
We follow a broad and balanced Art and Design curriculum that builds on previous learning and provides both support and challenge for learners. We have developed our own bespoke end points that ensures and progression of skills and covers all aspects of the Art and Design curriculum.
Children will experience an exciting and varied, art curriculum which develops their knowledge and skills. This will be supported, where appropriate, by learning outside the classroom. For example, children will experience art being exhibited in public spaces and will have access to artists and artistic experiences from and within their immediate and wider local area.
Teachers will ensure their classroom is a visually stimulating and creative environment, which celebrate the process of learning, practising and developing skills in art lessons.
All classes will have a scheduled Art and Design lesson each week. Children’s work will be recorded in their sketch books with a learning objective identifying the specific skill for the lesson.
The skills and knowledge that children will develop throughout each Art topic are mapped across each year group and throughout the school to ensure progression. The emphasis on knowledge ensures that children understand the context of the artwork, as well as the artists that they are learning about and being inspired by. A strong focus on 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.
The school’s high quality Art curriculum is supported through the availability of a wide range of quality resources, which are used to support children’s confidence in the use of different media.
The school will plan a range of activities in art, which provides opportunities for children to:
- Record responses, including observations of the natural environment
- Gather resources and materials, using them to stimulate ideas
- Explore and use two- and three-dimensional media, working on a variety of scales
- Review and modify their work as it progresses.
- Develop understanding of the work of artists, craftspeople and designers from a range of times and cultures, applying knowledge to their own work
- Respond to and evaluate art and craft including their own and others’ work
- Understand and apply the key principles of art: line, tone, texture, shape, form, space, pattern, colour, contrast, composition, proportion and perspective
- Realise their ideas and sustain a level of working from start to the completion of a project or piece of work
The practice across the school provides a strong foundation and opportunities for children to collaborate and develop social skills both indoors and out. This curriculum design ensures that the needs of individual and small groups of children can be met within the environment of high quality first wave teaching, supported by targeted, proven interventions where appropriate. In this way it can be seen to impact in a very positive way on children’s outcomes.
Enjoyment of the curriculum promotes achievement, confidence and good behaviour. Children feel safe to try new things. High quality visits and visitors to the school enhance the curriculum and provide opportunities for writing for a purpose.
Children have opportunities to share their learning with each other, their parents and carers and other learners through school-based and external exhibitions, performances, competitions and events involving other schools. Developing their independence and motivation as learners and their sense of responsibility as future citizens is at the heart of all our teaching and learning.
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