Art and design colour and enrich our experience of everyday surroundings, as they develop our powers of observation.
A range of topics encourage our pupils to be confident in developing their ideas and designs while learning techniques, using different materials and increasing their competence in handling tools.
Many projects involve looking at and discussing works of art or designs from different periods. In this way, they become aware not only of their own creative abilities but also of the world of artists and craftsmen. Stimulating displays in the classrooms and corridors ensure wide appreciation of their work throughout the year.
Aesthetic choices confront us at all times and we believe it's vitally important that artistic sensibilities are developed to the fullest extent, ensuring a lifelong interest and understanding of colour, form, tone and texture.
Art and design curriculum
Pupils will experience a range of media and will use tools and equipment with growing confidence. Looking at how colours work, they will learn to predict with a degree of accuracy the colours they mix, as they study and explore primary and complimentary colours. Discussing and evaluating their own work as well as that of other artists, crafts people and designers they will begin to recognise the styles of some artists and key movements. Projects include painting, sketching, textile work, clay and collage.
In DT pupils design and make a greetings card with moving parts and a money container and even a sandwich! They will learn how to create a product through a series of stages which include investigation, planning, completing focused practical tasks and evaluation.
Pupils create patterns and textures that are intricate and use tone. They continue to develop knowledge of what the differing media can do, using tools and equipment, and building up a repertoire of skills. They use appropriate language to discuss and evaluate their own work and that of their peers. Increasingly they will recognise the work of artists and their different styles, and the varied art forms in the world around them. Projects include mixed media relief work, mod roc sculpting, painting and pastels.
In DT the pupils take part in a cross curricular project on fruit juice cocktails. They design and make their own cocktails, conduct market research and create product presentations. The nightlight project allows the pupils to use their work on circuits and conductors in science as they use a range of tools to create a wooden framed lightbox.
At this stage, pupil's individual styles of working become more apparent and they have more confidence in what they can do and how to use the equipment and media. They are able to plan out ideas, gather information and experiment and are encouraged to work with attention to detail and care with applying media. They are taught how to use an Art vocabulary when talking about their ideas, evaluating their work and that of their peers, and discussing the work of artists, crafts people and designers. Projects include work in oil pastel and paint, wire sculpting, polytile printwork, sketching, weaving and geometric collages.
In DT they initially work on designing and making a simple maze and ball game using a pine frame, plywood back and acrylic cover. Their practical workshop skills are revisited and they learn how to design the maze system, accurately mark out their work, drill pilot and clearance holes as well as finishing their piece to a high standard using the workshop tools and equipment safely and carefully. In the second project, pupils create a mobile with hanging shapes using a variety of plastics, such as acrylic and polypropylene, to entertain a young child.
By this stage, pupils have increased drawing skills, chiefly though observational work. They develop their individual styles that cross into each skill area, and they show increased confidence in the use of different media. They are able to work two dimensionally and three dimensionally and are taught to check the proportions of their work, particularly in the self-portrait task. They are able to work realistically or in an abstract way and they are able to express feelings through observation, imagination and design. They frequently discuss artists’ work using the appropriate language and are encouraged to express their opinions both through discussion and when writing about paintings in homework studies. Projects include work in sketching, clay, lino printing and watercolour.
In DT the main project is to design and make an automaton (mechanical toy) inspired by Roger Hargreaves’ Mr Men characters. This includes drawing exercises exploring three dimensional presentation skills, learning about mechanisms such as levers and cams, and putting into practice the workshop skills required to make a high quality product. In the second project, they will use simple screen printing techniques to produce paper prints inspired by the work of the Finnish textile designer, Marimekko.