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.
Our subject intent is that to be an artist at Wardley CE Primary means that you have:
• The ability to use visual language skilfully 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, craft makers 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 skilfully 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.
To see what art topics and skills are taught in each year group click on the art teaching cycle tab.
Within each academic year, children will study an art topic each term. Across the whole school, there are three key art threshold concepts that the children will keep returning to in their art work. The children are assessed by the teacher during each unit against the age related expectations for these key art threshold concepts. They are:
- To develop ideas
- To master techniques
- To take inspiration from the greats
These threshold concepts 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, examples of the pupils’ work can be found on the school website.
An after-school art club is run by the art co-ordinator to further develop the enthusiasm and love for the subject. There is a particular focus on the more able artists and the club looks to further deepen their skills and passion for the subject.
Where does vocabulary fit in?
Just as in any other subject taught at Wardley, we know that vocabulary is an important aspect within any child’s academic development. New vocabulary for each topic and lesson is always introduced at the start of each term and more lesson-specific vocabulary is explained at the beginning of each class. Teachers provide a selection of vocabulary that we would expect to see included in children’s work. This gives all children direct access to the words that they need to produce high-quality art work.
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.