The art curriculum at Wardley has been designed with the ultimate goal to 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. It aims to provide the pupils with opportunities to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design.
To be an artist at Wardley CE Primary means that you have:
- The ability to use visual language skillfully and convincingly (for example, line, shape, pattern, colour, texture, form) to express emotions, interpret observations, convey insights and accentuate their individuality.
- The ability to communicate fluently in visual and tactile form.
- The ability to draw confidently and adventurously from observation, memory and imagination.
- The ability to explore and invent marks, develop and deconstruct ideas and communicate perceptively and powerfully through purposeful drawing in 2D, 3D or digital media.
- An impressive knowledge and understanding of other artists, craftmakers and designers.
- The ability to think and act like creative practitioners by using their knowledge and understanding to inform, inspire and interpret ideas, observations and feelings.
- Independence, initiative and originality which they can use to develop their creativity.
- The ability to select and use materials, processes and techniques skillfully and inventively to realise intentions and capitalise on the unexpected.
- The ability to reflect on, analyse and critically evaluate their own work and that of others.
- A passion for and a commitment to the subject.
How is Art taught across the Key Stages?
To see what art topics and skills are taught in each year group click on the art teaching cycle tab.
Each year the pupils at Wardley do an art topic each term. These topics focus on developing the pupils’ skills in three key areas:
- To develop ideas
- To master techniques
To take inspiration from the greats
These key areas of art are revisited throughout the key stages to develop and consolidate the pupils’ skills and knowledge using a range of art, craft and design mediums. By the end of Key Stage 2 the aim is for all pupils to be proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture, printing and other craft and design techniques.
In order to develop pupils’ critical eye and appreciation of art, pupils discover and learn about great artists, architects and designers in history and develop their understanding of the historical and cultural development of their art forms. Through discussions, self and peer assessments, pupils develop their ability to describe the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines and make links to their own work.
The art work produced is often inspired by their topic work and cross curricular links are planned, to enrich the pupils’ learning in other subject areas. Likewise, the skills and knowledge taught during the teaching of art are transferred and used in other subjects, helping to provide a more creative curriculum.
Above all, the teaching of art at Wardley CE Primary is full of enthusiasm and love for the subject. The school works closely with an artist to help achieve this.
After every art topic, the pupils’ work can be found on the school website or in the weekly school newsletter. Also the school has an annual art exhibition, displaying art work from across the school.
How can you help at Home?
Ideas about how you can support your children with their art work may be given in the half-termly newsletters. Any visit to a local art gallery would also be a very valuable experience for your child. For further information about the art curriculum that your child is studying please contact your child’s teacher.