At Altmore we believe that all pupils can achieve in and through Art and Design. We plan Art lessons that will inspire children to think innovatively and develop creative understanding. Our Art curriculum provides children with opportunities to develop their skills using a range of media and materials. Children learn the skills of drawing, painting, printing, collage, textiles, 3D work and digital art and are given the opportunity to explore and evaluate different creative ideas.
All teachers plan sequences of lessons in Art and Design based on objectives specific to their year group and follow the scheme of work designed by Cornerstones in order to ensure the National Curriculum objectives are met. These learning objectives build on prior learning and develop art skills focusing on the six fundamental elements of Art and Design:
Children explore colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space when practising these fundamental elements, developing their creativity and mastery of techniques. Children of all abilities have opportunities to develop their skills and knowledge in each unit and through planned progression, we offer them increasing challenge, as they move up through school.
Expressive arts and design is one of the seven areas of the early year’s foundation stage and is used to develop a child’s imagination, creativity and their ability to use media and materials. Children do this in range of ways including singing songs and making music, dancing, playing with colours, textures and design.
We have been exploring colours through paint and how colours can be changed and what happens when we mix colours together. There are always painting opportunities to express ourselves and experiment with paint.
We also provide opportunities to describe and experiment with different textures and collage materials. Through junk modelling children have opportunities to think outside the box and to learn how to approach a problem, which is an important life skill. Junk modelling is so open-ended providing children with recycled materials such as toilet tubes, cardboard boxes, plastic water bottles and egg boxes. With the addition of some fixing materials such as Sellotape, glue or clay, children can transform the materials into whatever they choose and then paint or decorate them.
Finally, there are always opportunities to develop their drawing skills. Children will begin to draw with a purpose. They may talk about what they are going to draw even if the end product may not look like what they have said it is but to them that is what their drawing is. Children will begin to attempt to draw people such as their family and this will progress as they move up through the school.
We learn about different artists and their painting styles and then compare them. We explore tools to practise different drawing techniques including straight, curly, wavy, circular and fine lines as well as shading in using the tip of sketch pencils. We explored portraits and created self-portraits of half of our face trying to draw our facial features in proportion. We also had opportunities to explore making shapes with clay creating 3D sculptures of our face.
We provide Art opportunities throughout the year which are linked to different themes including religious festivals and important dates such as Remembrance Day.