Art Curriculum Overview
Four basic elements run through our whole curriculum. Through our curriculum we foster wisdom, hope, cooperation and dignity to enable every child to flourish in the fullness of life.
At Holmer CE Academy, we endeavour to equip and nurture the children to become the artists and designers of the future. We provide them with the skill sets and relevant knowledge they need, as well as giving them the freedom to express and explore. Through a tactical, vibrant and imaginative art and DT curriculum, we engage every child’s capacity to create and design. We also foster a learning environment that appreciates and praises the work of others.
Children develop the key skills of art and design as well as developing personally as artists and designers, becoming increasingly creative, resilient, and confident. Children’s own work is based on a secure understanding of the work of artists, craft makers, architects and designers and the ability to discuss their techniques and intentions.
Therefore, all of our art lessons are designed to:
• teach the children the necessary skills to become an artist and throughout the school, this will be evidenced on display boards and in books;
• provide opportunities to inspire children’s curiosity about art;
• allow each class to build a portfolio of art skills in their class sketch books that will move throughout the school;
• encourage core and foundation subject displays in classrooms inspiring children to showcase their work and be proud of what they have created;
• incorporate art workshops linked to topic (e.g. Year 2 pottery, Year 3 Stone Age jewellery making/aboriginal artwork);
• utilise a range of resources, providing children with the opportunities to experience different mediums and be able to explore and talk about them confidently;
• draw upon every child’s creative and imaginative mind, being free to produce work that reflects their ideas and mood.
In some year groups, art days are carried out at the beginning of each term to incorporate the skills required by the National Curriculum. Each year group is allocated an artist for the year on which they will focus their art skills, resulting in seven key artists having been studied by the end of Primary School. These artists are: Paul Klee, Vincent Van Gough, Henri Rousseau, Andy Warhol, Joan Miro William Morris and Frida Kahlo.
All lessons are differentiated. This means teachers plan activities that enable the objective to be learned by all children including those who will find the objective challenging, those children who with hard work will secure good progress and those children who can tackle extra stretch and challenge in this subject. The following is a guide to help you understand your child’s progression through school. The art curriculum can be broken down further into the following areas: