Our Art Vision Statement
“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
At Woodnewton, we believe that teaching and learning in art is vital, as it stimulates creativity, imagination and inventiveness. The purpose of art education is to give pupils the skills, concepts and knowledge necessary for them to express their responses to ideas and experiences in a visual or tactile form.
Art is a fundamental means of personal expression. It enables pupils to communicate what they see, feel and think using colour, texture, form, pattern and different materials and processes. Pupils become involved in shaping their environments through art and design activities, learning to make informed judgements and aesthetic and practical decisions. They explore ideas and meanings through the work of artists and designers.
Our Aims and Principles
Art lessons at Woodnewton, are taught through Kapow, focusing on pupils working as artists and developing their skills and knowledge. The teaching of Art in our school is linked to the National Curriculum (2014).
It is our aim that through the teaching of Art at Woodnewton, pupils will:
- Foster an understanding and enjoyment of art, craft and design.
- Experience a broad and balanced range of art activities and show progression within these experiences.
- Show development of ideas, knowledge and their own skills.
- Develop their ability to observe, investigate, respond to and record the world around them through a growing variety of forms and media.
- Develop use of a range of tools, media and processes.
- Develop an understanding of the work of artists, crafts people and designers and apply this knowledge to their own work.
- Have opportunities for studying historical, cultural and religious art.
- Extend and enrich other curriculum areas through art.
In order to achieve our aim, we will:
- Provide opportunities for studying historical, cultural and religious art and to observe, investigate, respond to and record the world around them.
- Provide opportunities and support for pupils to develop their art skills through a range of tools, media and processes.
- Provide well-maintained, organised and up to date resources.
- Provide opportunities for teachers to develop their subject knowledge.
The end points in our Art curriculum:
In the Foundation Stage the learning experiences are planned from the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum (2021). Art is encapsulated in the Specific Area of this curriculum known as Expressive Arts and Design.
Exploring and Using Media and Materials – Children are able to safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function.
Being imaginative - children use what they have learnt about media and materials in original ways, thinking about uses and purposes. They represent their own ideas, thoughts and feelings through design and technology, art, music, dance, role-play and stories.
Key Stage 1: Years 1 and 2
By the end of this key stage, pupils will have used a range of materials creatively to design and make products. They will have developed a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape form and space. They will know about the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers and be able to describe the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines; making links to their own work.
Key Stage 2: Years, 3, 4, 5 and 6
By the end of Key Stage 2, pupils will have developed their techniques, including their control and their use of materials. They will have demonstrated creativity, experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design.
Pupils will have created sketchbooks, recorded their observations, and used them to review and revisit their ideas. They will have improved their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials [for example, pencil, charcoal, paint and clay]. Pupils will have learnt about great artists, architects and designers in history and will be able to evaluate and analyse the creative works using the language of art, craft and design.