“We are God’s work of art, created in Christ Jesus.” Ephesians 2.10
At St Thomas of Canterbury RC Primary School, we aim to engage, inspire and challenge pupils from all backgrounds, whilst equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. St Thomas of Canterbury intends to make learning in Art and Design accessible to all. The Art and Design curriculum will encourage all pupils to believe in themselves, develop a ‘can do’ attitude and contribute to a positive learning culture.
Art and Design is an important form of cultural expression, and therefore has significance and meaning for all our children. Our teaching provides an understanding of all the diverse art forms so that the children experience drawing, painting, collage, textiles, 3D designs, printmaking and digital media.
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. Art and design also provides opportunities for collaborative work.
As pupils progress, they will be able to think critically and develop a more in depth understanding of art and design. The curriculum builds skills and knowledge over time, but is designed to enable pupils to know how art and design reflects history, and contributes to the culture and creativity of ours and other nations.
The intent is for pupils to produce creative work where they record and explore their ideas and experiences, whilst becoming proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques. They will also evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, and know about great artist, craft makers and designers. This will include a range of artists reflecting modern society i.e. different genders, ages, races, religions, beliefs and disabilities.
The national curriculum states that; art, craft and design embodies some of the highest forms of human creativity, this along with high-quality art and design education, is what is delivered at STOC.
The art and design curriculum is taught half-termly. One class in each year group will teach the topic weekly during the first half term and then the other class will teach it in the same way in the following half term.
Miss Platt (Year 5), has been the subject leader for 6 years. Along with the teaching staff, we have created and adapted our own art and design scheme, to enhance the development of the children’s skills at STOC. This scheme follows the national curriculum guidance, as set by the government.
As stated above, the key skills the children are taught at STOC throughout KS1 and KS2 are; drawing/sketching, painting, collage, textiles, 3D designs, printmaking and digital media. Sketching skills are taught throughout all units, as the children work through the explore and design process. The children will revisit each skill at least twice throughout KS1 and KS2 to continue to build upon skills taught in KS1 and the EYFS
As the children begin the art and design process, they research and explore an artist. They read information and ask any questions they may have, which will help to clarify their understanding of what each artist does. As well as this, at the beginning of each new skill, the children analyse a piece/pieces of art using a set of questions, which are linked to our guided reading strands. Following Bloom’s taxonomy theory, the children are then able to categorise their thinking and develop an understanding of the processes ahead.
The planning created by the teachers follows the steps in Bloom’s taxonomy theory. Bloom’s taxonomy is a hierarchical system that categorises the thinking skills of students, ranging from recalling information, which is the most basic skill to evaluation and finally creating. The process enables the children to become more resilient and in some cases, encourages teamwork. The art and design scheme of work builds upon previously taught skills, which helps boost the children’s confidence and belief in their own creative abilities. Children’s work/finished pieces are also displayed on our art corridor, which helps to boost confidence further and inspires participation.
In the Early Years framework, a key area of learning is ‘Expressive art and design’. Within this, the children begin to build their creative skills. From learning how to grip a pencil/paintbrush to mark making, printing, painting and 3D modelling with playdough. The children have time to develop their imagination through their mark making, which improves their composition skills and they also begin to develop an idea of scale and proportion.
Please click on the 'Art Gallery' link below to keep up to date with our 'Art Days'. You will discover what skills are being taught across school and how the children are progressing and enhancing their skills throughout each year...
...and to look at their wonderful artwork!
Teachers need to learn too!
It is also important for the teachers to be working on their Art and Design skills. In the Summer term, the teachers at STOC were lucky to have the Art and Design lead from Our Lady's High School in school to hold a sketching workshop. We learnt new skills and improved upon our previous ones. All whilst using a range of different medias. A few weeks later, we had the pleasure of heading over to the Our lady's Art department where we worked on our colour and painting skills. What do you think of our finished pieces?