At Thorpe Lea Primary School, Art is taught throughout the school. From the Nursery up to the year 6 class, Art is weaved throughout the curriculum. It allows for many links to other subjects, and our teaching staff take full advantage of this to allow them to use art in a variety of different lessons, not just during timetabled Art.
While all members of the teaching staff are responsible for teaching Art, Miss Robinson is the Art Lead for the school. Miss Robinson is responsible for ensuring this subject is taught to a high standard throughout our school, and also organises additional opportunities for Art for all year groups.
A few years ago Thorpe Lea was lucky enough to have an ‘Art Week’. During that time, the entire school’s focus was a specific painting: ‘Men of the docks’ by George Bellows. All classes studied this painting and each came up with their own response to it. These pieces of work were then displayed at our ‘Thorpe Lea Art Gallery’, for one afternoon only, which all parents were invited to attend!
This wonderful event is something we will be repeating this year in the summer term!
Purpose of the study
Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. A high-quality art and design education should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.
The national curriculum
The national curriculum for art and design aims to ensure that all pupils:
§ produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences
§ become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques
§ evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design
§ know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.
Key stage 1
Pupils will be taught:
§ 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 and imagination
§ to develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space § about 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. Key stage 2 Pupils should be taught to develop their techniques, including their control and their use of materials, with creativity, experimentation and increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design.
Key stage 2
Pupils should be taught to develop their techniques, including their control and their use of materials, with creativity, experimentation and increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design.
Pupils will be taught:
§ 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]
§ about great artists, architects and designers in history.