We are Artists!
Why is Art important for pupils at Grampound Road?
At Grampound Road we value Art as an important part of the children’s entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum. Art provides the children with the opportunities to develop and extend skills and an opportunity to express their individual interests and ideas. A high quality art education should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art. As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art. They should also know how art reflects and shapes our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.
At Grampound Road our art curriculum provides children with the opportunities to develop their skills using a range of media and materials. Our curriculum enables children to experience different activities and learning opportunities in art linked to the wider curriculum. Our children have the opportunity to explore and evaluate different creative ideas developing skills in drawing, painting, printing, collage, 3D work and digital art. Our art curriculum is sequenced so that it builds on the children's prior knowledge and teachers make links during topics to the children's future learning. At Grampound Road we develop skills progressively, linked directly to the national curriculum, so that our children have the opportunity to experience a variety of materials, creatively. This includes the use of oil pastels, chalk, clay, water paints, acrylic paints and more. We study a range of works by famous artists, architects and designers to develop knowledge of styles and this is linked across the curriculum. Children record their learning in sketchbooks which they keep as they move up through the school to show their progression in skills.
In the Foundation Stage, Art is taught as an integral part of topic work and is embedded throughout the curriculum. The objectives taught are mostly taken from the Physical Development and Expressive Arts and Design statements from ‘Development Matters in the EYFS’ and the PSED Early Learning Goals.
In EYFS, children will:
- Explore, use and refine a variety of artistic effects to express their ideas and feelings.
- Return to and build on their previous learning, refining ideas and developing their ability to represent them.
- Create collaboratively sharing ideas, resources and skills.
- Develop storylines in their pretend play.
In KS1 children learn:
- 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,
- to make links to their own work.
- 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;
- to create 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.
How does studying Art help pupils to achieve?
By the time children leave Grampound Road we want them to have developed a passion for art and creativity, working both independently and collaboratively.
They will have experienced a wide range of works of art, using technical vocabulary to talk about these.
They will have grown in confidence when using a range of tools and techniques, becoming artists that can apply the skills and knowledge that they have developed throughout the years and respond critically to their own and other’s work.