Art encompass some of the highest forms of human creativity. A high quality art and design curriculum should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.
Rather than in a weekly session, Art is taught in a weekly block to ensure continuity of skills with materials is maximised. Each class has two blocked weeks a year. Skills can also be taught and developed across the whole curriculum at other times.
In EYFS, Art is developed through statements from the specific area Expressive Arts and Design.
Children will experience creating self portraits by communicating about themselves in their drawings, collage where they will gather and sort materials and cut and tear the materials and weaving where they will sort threads and fabrics before they weave.
They will also experience observational drawing where they will use pencils or crayons to draw lines of different shapes and thicknesses. and printing where they will use sponge, vegetables or fruit to print onto paper or textile. They will also complete an artist study.
Children will experience 3D through making clay pots and adding line and shape to work, painting of landscapes and silhouettes, sketching portraits and still drawings using different grades of pencil and pastels, they will also complete an artist study. Sketch books will be used to develop skills and ideas.
Children will further develop drawing skills through showing facial expressions in drawings after sketching in their sketch books. ICT and collage skills will be developed in the artist study of Giuseppe Archimboldo and textiles will be developed when linked to exploring hieroglyphic art and techniques used by artists when creating texture using papyrus and fabric.
Children will study work by LS Lowrie, particularly seascapes, before experimenting with different styles and techniques he used. They will develop skills to organise line, tone and shape to represent figures in movement. Collage skills will be developed through creating a mosaic.
Children will use sketch books to develop skills and ideas. They will complete an author study. They will develop skills in 3D when creating a sculpted object from clay and will experience printing with a number of colours onto a range of different materials.
Children will focus on pop art for an artist study and will develop 3D work when creating a model linked to their topic. They will develop the use of ICT in artwork through using software packages to create pieces of digital art. The children will be comparing landscape work and identify key artists of this style. They will recreate their own landscape works using painting, printing and collage.