Curriculum: Art & Design
The Intent of our Art & Design Curriculum
We believe that teaching and learning in art and design is important because it stimulates creativity, imagination and inventiveness. It fires the children’s imagination and is a fundamental means of personal expression.
“Art is not just a subject to learn, but an activity that you can practise with your hands, your eyes, your whole personality.”
Quentin Blake, Children’s Laureate
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.
The Implementation of our Art & Design Curriculum
At The Willows we are guided by the National Curriculum for Art and Design, the Suffolk Scheme of Work and the Lancashire Key Learning Document. Our Art and Design curriculum provides children with opportunities to develop their skills using a range of media and materials. Children learn the skills of :
- print making
- 3D modelling
Children are introduced to a range of works and develop knowledge of the styles and vocabulary used by famous artists It enables the children to communicate what they see, feel and think through the use of colour, texture, form, pattern and different materials and processes. Children become involved in shaping their environments through art and design activities. Through this the children learn to make informed judgements and aesthetic and practical decisions. Children explore ideas and meanings through the work of artists and designers.
The Impact of our Art & Design Curriculum
Children enjoy art lessons and use their skills in different ways throughout school by taking part in local competitions such as ‘Young Seasiders’, creating whole school displays and sharing their work in school. Creative homework tasks are linked to art and parental support is encouraged. Pieces are then shared and celebrated in school. Art is celebrated in the community with projects such as designing the Parish Easter and Christmas Cards.
At The Willows we use Knowledge Organisers to help our children, and staff, ensure the key objectives are covered.
Year 4 Art & Design Knowledge Organisers
The Year One and Year Two Art Club children have been busy designing and making their own clay pots which they have enjoyed painting. During Art Club the children have learnt about artists such as Andy Goldsworthy and Monet. Over the next few weeks the children will...
We have started our textured art pieces based on the work on Chris Ofili.
This week, Reception were excited to use the clay during their Art lesson. They took their time playing with the clay to change the shape and size. Lots of the children said it felt like playdoh and that they couldn't wait to take their creation home. I was so...
In Reception we have been looking at different objects and paintbrushes we can paint with to create pictures. We have worked hard on our latest masterpiece where it took us a few days to create our final painting. Children loved using the dabbers to create their cold...
In Year 1, this term, we have been learning about the Antarctic and some of the animals that live there. We have focused on the penguins, and made our own out of clay. The children used lots of different techniques including rolling, pinching, squeezing and squashing...
What do you think of our portraits? Aren’t they amazing? We really captured a good likeness.