At Salterhebble, art stimulates imagination and creativity. It provides visual, tactile and sensory experiences, providing a special way of understanding and responding to the world. It enables children of all abilities to communicate what they see, feel and think through the use of colour, texture, form, pattern and different materials and processes.
Our art curriculum has been specifically developed to build on the National Curriculum 2014, giving pupils the opportunity to develop both the substantive (practical and theoretical) knowledge and specific disciplinary knowledge they need for their next stages in their learning journey. This helps to ensure that the children make meaningful links with other subject areas and allows for deep exploration and application of knowledge and skills.
We base our Art curriculum around Meg Fabian’s skills based approach through drawing and painting. This creates clear progression of practical knowledge focusing on the fundamental building blocks and builds coherently, not only through the year but throughout every year. It promotes careful observational skills and an appreciation of the world around us. Children explore ideas and meanings through studying the work of artists and designers. We focus upon many different artists such as Frida Kahlo, Vincent Van Gogh, Bridget Riley and Emma Bell who promote high aspirations and demonstrate confidence and resilience to achieve ambitions.
We strive for independence with the children exploring their own ideas. They are encouraged to use an array of artistic techniques which they feel are best suited to what they are creating and devising, reflecting these as an individual artist.
The instilment of confidence and resilience within Art is paramount to the attainment of children throughout primary school and hopefully taken beyond the doors of Salterhebble. The confidence to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design, and a resilience to think critically and work rigorously to understand the many areas of art and design are what we aim to achieve.
Substantive knowledge in art is based on the knowledge of the 7 elements of art:
1. Line - Exploring marks that span the distance between two points – straight or curved, 2D or 3D, implied or abstract
2. Shape - Exploring the result of closed lines – shapes that are two dimensional, geometric or organic
3. Colour - Exploring colour and intensity
4. Value - Exploring the lightness and darkness of a colour
5. Texture - Understanding the way something feels, or looks like it would feel
6. Space - Understanding the way in which line, shape, form and colour can be manipulated to create space
7. Form - When a shape acquires depth and becomes three dimensional it takes on form
Disciplinary knowledge in art and design is the interpretation of the elements, how they can be used and combined in order to create a specific and desired effect. It is also the critical evaluation of artists work; evaluating style and technique and having the ability to appraise a piece of work.
By the end of KS1, children will be able:
- 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
- to develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture,
line, shape, form and space
- to discuss the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers, describing the
differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, and making
links to their own work.
By the end of KS2, children will be able:
- 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]
- to discuss the work of great artists, architects and designers in history.