Art and Design has been part of the full curriculum review in 2017/2018 and is a central part of 'The Big Question' that is being asked in our Circle of Life non-core curriculum work. The leader has been studying evidence of outcomes across school and talking with the children about their current studies in this subject.
Our art and design curriculum is designed to ensure that the children are aware of the values that underpin our curriculum. Our work in the subject is an ideal opportunity to highlight diversity and study a wide range of artists from different periods in history and from different social groups, studying the work of great artists, craft makers and designers is also the ideal opportunity for us to promote mutual respect and tolerance when talking about their work and beliefs. We also plan for children to enhance our Christian values, particularly koinonia, which focuses upon working together when producing creative work and during the evaluation and analysing phase. Themes, such as peace and hope. are highlighted in the work we study and how artists and craft makers wish to portray these themes when thinking about colour and form. Our recent Holy Week 'Stations of the Cross' work is a strong example of how art and design can communicate messages and values - most significantly as a church school.
At St James, we offer extra-curricular activities that allow for children's creative abilities to shine! Art clubs take place throughout the year, covering a wide range of skills and techniques to further enhance the children's learning. Reception offer a 'Craft and Construction Club' where they provide opportunities for children to use a range of materials and media. Recently, they have experimented with colour mixing and have painted Spring flowers. In KS1, our 'Craft Club' have created their own treasure chest, along with painting their own plates and mugs. During the Summer Term, there will be opportunities for LKS2 to join their own extra-curricular art club.
The children have been exploring colour, texture, shape and form in two or three dimensions using different tools. They have used a variety of materials and techniques creatively in order to create some great pieces of art. During the Autumn Term, the children sketched self portraits. Every term, they are updated to show how their skills have evolved and progressed throughout the year.
The children have focused on their drawing skills, particularly looking at the use of line and shape to create charcoal teddy bears. They have then combined this with the use of ICT where they have looked at the famous artist 'Andy Warhol' to manipulate colour and shape within their drawings.
The children are focusing on still life drawings, exploring the use of visual qualities of materials and techniques to create representations of fair trade through observation. They are looking at the work of Vincent Van Gogh, experimenting with tone and shade to create different moods and making notes on his style, colours and objects used.
Here we have been experimenting with a range of materials, relating this work to artists and craft makers use of different media. During the World War topic, the children looked at the work of ‘Georgia O’Keeffe’ and used the skills and techniques of this artist to create their own close up of a poppy. This allowed for children to explore the colour wheel, improve their use of tints and shades but to also reflect on their own work and review original ideas. Throughout our work, the children use their knowledge and understanding to select materials and techniques to communicate ideas and meanings. They compare and comment on ideas, methods and approaches used in their own and others work, beginning to relate these to the context in which the work was made.
In all areas of school, we aim for children to adapt and improve their own and others work and talk about what we intended to do at the outset and how we wish the audience to feel when they see our final outcomes.