Art & Design
At King Street Primary School, we value Art and Design as an important part of the children’s entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum. Art and Design provides children with the opportunities to be creative, to express their individual interests, thoughts and ideas, and to take risks.
The national curriculum for art and design aims to ensure that all pupils:
1. produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences
2. become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques
3. evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design
4. know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.
We will ensure that the children have time to experiment and develop their own style, whilst also developing skills and knowledge. Children will be engaged and inspired through regular, well planned lessons, to ensure progress as they move through the year groups. They will learn about the formal elements of art (line, tone, texture, shape, pattern and colour) and how organisation of these results in the style and quality of the finished piece. Our children will also have opportunities to discuss pieces of art and collections of work by specific artists. Within this they will develop vocabulary and language to express their opinions and will have the confidence to talk about these freely, knowing that people’s opinions about art can differ greatly. This will link to development of communication, social and listening skills which will in turn have a positive effect on other areas of learning. Additionally, children will have a further benefit of developing fine motor skills as they work with precision and accuracy. Through exploration of art and artists, the children will also find out about how art and design reflects and shapes our history and contributes to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation. Our children will understand that art is made by all sorts of people in a variety of ways across the world and through the ages and so will draw, sketch and paint with all sorts of materials, will make sculptures and collages, will print and use fabrics and will investigate how technology can be used to create art.
It is intended that all children at King Street will have the opportunity to visit an Art Gallery and to work with an artist. We will of course make the most of the links that Spennymoor has with Norman Cornish and where appropriate will link Art and Design to other areas of the curriculum, such as cave paintings in History or the work of Matisse in Maths. This academic year, the children are going to be able to have Art and Design lessons within our newly equipped classroom. We look forward to show-casing the work of our King Street artists.