Art and Design Overview
Art and Design Mission Statement at Ley Top Primary School
At Ley Top Primary school we believe that art and design is an essential part of the primary curriculum. We provide a positive, caring environment, that ensures every child has the opportunity to reach their full potential in art and design. We are committed to providing all children with the learning opportunities and skills to engage in art and design. We believe that every child within our school should have full access to art and design as laid down in the National Curriculum. Children can develop their observational skills through art and design, which helps children become better observers to the world around them. Art also encourages expression and visual thinking, which in turn helps children learn other subjects. We teach the children the skills that are essential for them to be able to produce meaningful art throughout their time at Ley Top. These skills are built on each year so the children improve their mastery of art and design techniques. We also teach the children that art is not about ability it is just their interpretation of what they see there is no right or wrong. They are taught to appreciate, enjoy and have fun creating art.
In Key stage 1, we start by teaching the children how to use a range of materials. Children explore the visual, tactile and sensory qualities of materials and processes. The children will be taught the skills of how to use mark making resources and begin to control lines to create simple drawings from observations. They will use thick felt tip pens, chalks, charcoal, wax crayon and pastel. We will explore and experiment with colour, starting with primary and secondary colours in Year 1 moving onto tertiary colours in Year 2. We will study the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers. We will describe the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines. The children will make links to their own work and begin to use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop their ideas; as well as to share their ideas, experiences and imagination. ’They will also learn about printing techniques finger print, sponge print, block print to form patterns. We will also teach them about textiles weaving and dyeing materials. In Year 1, they develop an understanding of 2D and 3D in terms of sculpture and they will begin to form own 3D pieces. Year 2 will also Look at sculpture and try to recreate them using everyday objects/range of materials.
In Key Stage 2, art and design is about fostering children’s creativity and imagination by building on their knowledge, skills and understanding of materials and processes, through providing more complex activities. Children’s experiences help them to understand the diverse roles and functions of art and design in the world around them. They look at Fashion design and how it has changed over the years. They create sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas. They learn the skills of tie dyeing and learn the technique batik. They improve their mastery of art and design techniques including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials (for example, pencil, charcoal, paint, clay). They look at artists, architects and designers in history. They also use the work of artists to replicate ideas or inspire own work for example, David Hockney, Andy Warhol, Pablo Picasso, Piet Mondrian, Paul Klee and Marcel Duchamp to name but a few. They also have the opportunity to discover and evaluate the art of other year groups through whole school exhibitions during art week. They identify the strengths and weaknesses and consider the views of others to improve their work.
Art and Design's Aims at Ley Top Primary School
Key Stage 1 Aims
To create a sketch book to record my observations, experiences and explore my ideas.
To use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop ideas, experiences and imagination.
To evaluate and analyse the work of others using the language of art and design.
To develop a wide range of art and design techniques using colour, pattern texture, line, shape, form and space.
To talk about the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers, to describe the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines in order to make links to my own work.
Key Stage 2 Aims
To develop my techniques, including control and use of my materials, with creativity, experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design.
To know about great artists, craft makers and designers.
To understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.’
To create a sketch book to record my observations and use it to review and revisit my ideas.
To improve my mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials (for example, pencil, charcoal, paint, clay).
To be able to talk about great artists, architects and designers in history.
To can evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design.
Quality of Education in Art/DT at Ley Top Primary School
Our knowledgeable staff apply a range of teaching techniques to ensure that lessons cater for the needs of all pupils and are kept varied and challenging.
Art and design is linked with other areas of the curriculum to enrich pupils’ learning.
Staff attend regular training to ensure they are up to date with any developments in the subject area. Staff are familiar with the progression of skills document to ensure a broad and progressive coverage of skills and materials.