Art & Design
At King Street Primary and Pre School, we value art as an important part of pupils’ entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum and it is our intent to offer high-quality art lessons that inspire and challenge. Our principal aim is to ensure that children flourish individually and develop the skills and knowledge to enable them to create their own works of art that express their individual ideas, interests and thoughts. We encourage children to communicate what they see, feel and think through the use of colour, texture, form and pattern using different materials and processes. To develop their knowledge, children will be introduced to a range of works from famous artists and will be exposed to the different styles the artists use. This has become even more urgent and relevant following multiple school closures during the COVID-19 pandemic, and we believe that by developing children’s confidence and enjoyment of art, we can more effectively close the gaps for all groups of children.
Art is an ideal subject to enable our pupils to express their creativity. Using a range of media and material, pupils will learn the skills of drawing, painting, printing, collage, textiles, 3D design and digital media; giving them the opportunity to explore, assess and evaluate a wide variety of creative ideas. Pupils will develop trust in their own ability to apply new skills by being encouraged to experiment creatively, taking risks in their work to achieve the most effective outcome; and to show respect for the creative outcomes of other pupils.
Pupils will develop wisdom as they learn about the role of art, exploring the impact it has had on contemporary life as well as on different periods and cultures. Through art, we seek to inspire in children a curiosity and fascination about art around the world which will remain with them for the rest of their lives and also promote an understanding of diversity through their art lessons. Pupils are expected to reflect, critique and evaluate their work, thinking about how they can make changes in order to continuously improve.
• To enable children to record from first-hand experience and from imagination, and to select their own ideas to use in their work;
• To help each child achieve their creative potential in both two- and three-dimensional work, working on a variety of scales.
• To develop the children’s knowledge of materials by allowing them to experiment freely and to encourage them to use materials sensibly and safely.
• To ensure the children learn a range of pertinent skills so that they develop an expertise in using both materials and equipment and so enable the realisation of their ideas.
• To explore with children ideas and meanings in the work of artists, crafts people and designers and help them learn about their different roles and about the functions of art, craft and design in their own lives and in different times and cultures;
• To foster an enjoyment and appreciation of the visual arts and a knowledge of artists, craftspeople and designers.
• To encourage pupils to appreciate the beauty, order and precision that is found, naturally and man-made, in our world.