‘Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which one to keep.’

Scott Adams

As teachers of art we will…

…follow the National Curriculum’s framework and aim to equip our young children with the knowledge and skills to become ‘artists’ where they explore and create art for themselves. We value art and design as a way that young children can express themselves and develop personally, spiritually and emotionally.

For a term we focus on one of the three aspects of art which includes drawing, painting and sculpture. These skills are developed through the teaching of art forms including portraiture, landscape and sculpture. During the term, the children will have time to learn, apply and improve art skills through high quality modelling, scaffolding and feedback.

We use ‘excellent examples’ through the exploration of the work of artists and their work as well as modern and classical art. For example, Henry Moore is used as a stimulus for the focus on sculpture and the visit to the local Yorkshire Sculpture Park enhances learning through first hand exploration.

We want children to become confident as artists as they talk about their own work and improve this based on feedback and the opportunity to refine and review. At the end of each term we expect that the children will create a piece of high quality art work, which will be showcased.

Across Key Stage One art books are used to show both the taught processes and completed pieces which helps the children, teachers and leaders to assess and celebrate progress in art.

National Curriculum 2014

In art, pupils will have the opportunity to learn:

  • to use a range of materials creatively to design and make products
  • to use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination
  • to develop a wide range of art and design techniques by using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space
  • about the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers, describing the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, and making links to their own work.

Pupils will be able to develop their knowledge and skills as artists by:

  • looking closely at detail
  • talking about colour, shape, pattern, tone and line
  • using a variety of tools and materials
  • expressing their own ideas and using their imagination
  • creating artwork on large and small scales
  • talking about the work of others including well known artists
  • evaluating their own work and say how this can be improved.