Art and Design at Whitehouse Primary
At Whitehouse Primary School, we believe that Art and Design enables children to express their creativity, feelings and imagination and plays an important role in our children’s education. We want our children to foster an enjoyment and appreciation of art and the art environment around them, as well as learn about well-known artists and artists linked to their topics. We teach the children a skills based curriculum, with individuality and creativeness flowing through everything they do
Through a progressive curriculum, pupils are 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. In every year group, children will learn about a variety of artists and the artist will underpin the style of art the children will study.
Teaching of Art and Design in Early Years Foundation Stage
In Early years, Art and Design plays a very important role in their development. Children are taught to represent their own ideas, thoughts and feelings through design and technology, art, music and dance.
They safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function.
Teaching of Art in Key Stage 1
Pupils are taught:
- To create sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas
- 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.
Teaching of Art in Key Stage 2
Pupils build on their learning in Key Stage 1 and 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 are taught:
- To further develop their 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.
Children are also offered the chance to attend an art afterschool club to develop a further interest and a positive attitude towards Art and Design.
Art and Design also reinforces and embeds our Growth Mindset Learning Behaviours. It is an inspiring and creative subject requiring resourcefulness and imagination. Children are encouraged to be reflective, evaluate their own work and that of others and think about how they improve. Children learn to accept and respond to feedback and critique, take risks, perservere and build resilience.
At Whitehouse, we follow the ‘Generating ideas, Making, Knowledge, Evaluation’ approach to teaching Art, which is supported by NSEAD (The National Society for Education in Art and Design).
Art and Design is taught in all year groups through at least one topic per term. Activities are taught in a variety of ways across the school, sometimes in blocks of taught time e.g. Art Week or as individual lessons as part of a selected topic. Areas covered include sculpture, Roman mosaics, Aboriginal art, WW2 propaganda posters, painting, pointillism, Pop Art and the works of modern and the Impressionist artists. Appropriate units of work are planned with some art projects linking to other subjects taught such as mathematics, science, computing and design technology.
Art and Design activities are planned to ensure continuity and progression by building on the specific knowledge, skills and understanding taught each year. This is outlined in the curriculum Art and Design Progression map.
Teacher CPD and guidance via ACCESSART
Children have the opportunity to develop a range of skills, using different materials and media, in which they can share and express their creativity as well as to broaden their artistic knowledge and develop a wide range of vocabulary.