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Art

Intent

At St Edward’s we want our Art Curriculum to develop children’s skills and knowledge to enable them to invent and create their own works of art. Children’s skills are developed through a wide range of artistic activities including observational drawing, painting, pattern work, clay modelling, the study of painters and different artistic styles.

 

Implementation

Our Curriculum has five progressive areas within our learning:

  • Making Skills (including Drawing; Painting; Craft, design, materials and techniques; Knowing and applying the formal elements);
  • Generating Ideas (including Sketchbooks; Creating original artwork);
  • Knowledge of Artists, craftspeople, designers;
  • Evaluation (including Identify similarities and differences to others’ work; Reflecting);
  • Language.

The progression of these skills, developing through each year group, can be found here

These five content areas are developed through our Art Curriculum. We teach four units each year. You can click on each topic to see the knowledge organiser for that topic, which shows, in more detail, the content that is covered. 

Unit 1 Unit 2 Unit 3 Unit 4
Year 1

Formal Elements of Art

Shape, line and colour

Art & Design Skills

Design, drawing, craft, painting and art appreciation

Landscapes using Different Media

Free topic during the school closures. Example theme: the seaside

Sculptures and Collages

Example theme: Living Things

Year 2

Formal Elements of Art

Pattern, texture and tone

Art & Design Skills

Design, drawing, craft, painting and art appreciation

Human Form

Collage, portraits and sculpture

Sculpture and Mixed Media

Example theme: Superheroes

Year 3

Formal Elements of Art

Shape and tone - drawing from observation

Art & Design Skills

Design, drawing, craft, painting and art appreciation

Prehistoric Art

Design, drawing, craft, painting and art appreciation

Craft

Materials: tie-dye, weave and sew

Year 4

Formal Elements of Art

Texture and pattern

Art & Design Skills

Design, drawing, craft, painting and art appreciation

 Every Picture Tells a Story

Analysing famous artists’ work

Sculpture

Working with recycled materials

Year 5

Formal Elements of Art

Architecture:

Colour, line, shape and form

Art & Design Skills

Design, drawing, craft, painting and art appreciation

Every Picture Tells a Story

Analysing famous artists’ work

Design for a Purpose

A coat of arms, a brand name and an advert

Year 6

Art & Design Skills

Design, drawing, craft, painting and art appreciation

Make My Voice Heard

Messaging in drawing, painting and sculpture

Photography

Photomontage, macro photography and self-portrait

Still Life

Example theme: Memory Box

Our Art curriculum helps achieve our vision of Life in all its fullness by…

Mind: through being challenged, children will learn new skills which they may have never come across previously. The will understand how pattern, tone and colour work together intentionally to create a masterpiece. Children will grow in their knowledge of artists and how to create their own works.

Body: The art curriculum aids the body by improving dexterity, which involves fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination.  Children of all abilities and ages will have the opportunity to take part in activities that focus on dexterity and fine motor skills. This is important as they help children increase the muscles in their fingers, hands and wrists, while also increasing coordination. By making sure the art curriculum includes a range of skills that progress over the course of KS1 and KS2, children will be able to improve their fine motor skills through painting, drawing, sewing, weaving and sculpture. Leonardo da Vinci believed that, “painting embraces all the ten functions of the eye; that is to say, darkness, light, body and colour, shape and location, distance and closeness, motion and rest.” It is this that shows the importance of art and the ability it has to make one calm and feel clarity. Mental health is of the utmost importance to us at St Edward’s, the art curriculum the children’ study will be one of the tools in aiding this. 

Heart: allowing children to work together and demonstrate our school values including: friendship, respect and truthfulness.

Spirit: children will develop a sense of awe and wonder in the things they see. They will marvel in the beauty of colour and creation.