The aim of our Art Curriculum is to:
- Develop the artist in the pupil.
- Promote pupils’ progress whilst outcomes remain open ended.
- Allow children to see the work of artists, architects and designers as inspiration rather than something to copy or compare with their own.
- Provide children with experiences that include a broad range of media and enable them to better improvise with these when responding to a particular stimulus.
- Improve the mastery of techniques with a range of materials.
- Allow children to create sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas.
Subject Leader - Mrs H. Maestro
Teaching and Learning in Art:
Art is integrated into termly topics, ensuring that there is a progression of skills through the school. Art sessions include children exploring, investigating and practising ideas as well as evaluating and further developing their work. Teachers encourage these processes by sharing examples of individual performance and providing opportunities for children to say what they think and feel about their work and the work of others thus developing their communication skills.
The Art Learning Journey entails:
- Exploring - Looking at visual stimuli, researching artists, discussing thoughts and ideas
- Risk taking- Children should have the opportunity to try ‘what if…?’ within the art process - investigating different ways to achieve a technique, create an effect, make colours or structure
- Refining - Using constructive criticism to refine techniques prior to the final piece of art work - children need to be encouraged to talk through their decisions and thoughts within the process of creating a piece of art work using technical, art specific language such as tone, form, shading.
- Create a final piece of art work bringing all experience, so far, together.
- Evaluating their final piece of artwork
In addition, Respect underpins the way art is taught to support all learners. Respect is an attitude required in order to encourage a positive atmosphere where children feel safe to take risks with their learning and make an attempt at an art activity. It is also vital when sharing and evaluating at the end of the art process.
Art learning is recorded in sketch books which travel through the school as a record of the child’s art journey and progression across the key stage.
Contribution to SMSC and British Values:
- Learning about art from a range of cultures and periods of history including Egypt, Greece, India and South America.
- Studying the work of a range of artists both male and female, UK and non-UK based.
- Developing respect and tolerance for a range of views and approaches as well as how to express an opinion fairly and with kindness whilst self and peer evaluating artwork.
At the end of the Key Stage a Reigate Priory Art Learner can:
- Create sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas use a range of different media including IT to create tone, textures, effects and emotions
- Recognise the work of a range of artists, use their work to replicate a style and explain why they have chosen specific techniques to create their art.
- Use constructive feedback to make and suggest amendments and improvement to their art and those of their peers.