‘The important thing is to create’ Pablo Picasso
At St Anthony’s Catholic Primary School, we are committed to the Arts curriculum. We believe that providing a rich and varied arts context enhances and enriches all children’s learning.
Art and Design provides unique and enjoyable experiences for children, which enables them to develop skills, knowledge and creativity. They are able to explore and express their feelings and boost their self-esteem, confidence and maturity.
A high quality Art and Design curriculum should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of Art and Design and notable artists, designers and craftmakers. They should also know how Art and Design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.
As a school where we all strive to be our best, we believe that all learning should be adapted to the needs of all children (SEN, EAL, more able, disadvantaged) and that the curriculum should be carefully planned to take account of everyone in the class so that we can all ‘Do something beautiful for God, each and every day’.
The national curriculum for art and design aims to ensure that all pupils:
- Produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences
- Become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques
- Evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design
- Know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.
The teaching and implementation of the Art and Design curriculum at St Anthony’s catholic primary school is based on the National Curriculum and linked to topics to ensure a well-structured approach to this creative subject. Art is embedded into the curriculum which can be evidenced in both Long and Medium term planning for each year group.
Teachers are provided with support from a specialist Art teacher for 2 sessions per academic year.
The work of famous local, national and international artists are explored to enhance the children's learning. The children's learning is further enhanced with an annual Art Exhibition which includes all schools in our Catholic School Partnership (CSP). Here the children have the opportunity for collaborative working and exploring the different styles and techniques of a range of artists.
Children enjoy and appreciate art and design. In each key stage they acquire knowledge of great artists, craft makers and designers. They offer opinions on works of art created by others. They are motivated and confident in recreating and investigating artistic styles and techniques that they have seen. They can speak confidently (using technical language) about the skills and processes involved in creating their own works of art.
Ongoing assessments take place throughout the year. Teachers use this information to inform future lessons; ensuring children are supported and challenged appropriately. This data is analysed on a termly basis to inform and address any trends or gaps in attainment.
Children in Foundation Stage are assessed within Expressive Arts and Design and their progress is tracked termly using observations and teacher assessments. Age related expectation levels are reported to parents at the end of the academic year.
Please click here to see how the progression of vocabulary is planned for in art.
Please click here to see how the progression of skills is planned for in art.
Please click here to see the progression of knowledge in art.
Please click here to see an example Medium term plan example for a unit in Art
How to use simple Art equipment – paint, paintbrush, chalk, colour pencils
Self portraits - pencil, pen and paint
Introduction to Transient art - Autumn collage
Printing using different fruit and vegetables
Natural collages – link to Andy Goldsworthy
Diwali lamps – introduction to clay
Vincent Van Gogh Starry night – night time pictures (wax)
Arctic animals - drawn animal with painted background
Northern lights pictures using different tools – coloured pastels
Making puppets – sewing
Continuing a simple pattern - printing
Mixed media sea creature collage
Van Gogh - sunflowers
Collage materials to make mermaids
Colour mixing – identifying primary and secondary colours
Digital media pictures – purple mash
Mimic print from the environment
Art work is also developed from children’s interests
Self portraits - sketch and paint
Paul Klee - colour mixing self portraits
Autumn collage - printing
Aliens - design and paint a picture
Planets/sun - painting
Sculpture - Giotto dinosaur models
Printing - gifts for Mother's day
Oil pastel Easter cards
Enchanted wood - painting of a wolf and landscape
Around the world - colour mixing (Brazil art)
Drawing of a dragon
Watercolour self portraits
Fire of London - mixed media pictures
Charcoal picture of Samuel Pepys
Bonfire & fireworks painting
Physical/human features - sketch of a fox, trees
Drawing in the style of James Rizzi - Salt's mill
David Hockney - sketching/painting landscapes
Pointillism Art – beach scene Ladybirds/sea creatures – wax crayon
Oil pastels – under the sea scenes
Grace Darling - sketch of a lighthouse
Stone age landscape with animals - chalk pastel
Cave paintings - oil pastel
Volcanoes - sketching
Volcanoes - sculpture using paper mache and paint
Landscape paintings showing perspective
Egyptian mixed media art
Digital photos - oil and chalk head dress (Egyptians)
Rivers topic - pencil sketch of a waterfall
Rivers - watercolour painting with mixed media drawing of a Hippo
Pointillism in the style of George Seurat
Pencil and ink drawing of a fish
Pencil colour drawing of shells
Grandma Moses artist study
Painting in the style of Grandma Moses - landscapes
Artist study – Frida Kahlo & Leonora
Modelling – Glotto sculpture
Vikings topic - pencil sketch and ink drawings of a long boat
Polyblock printing of a long boat
Vikings topic - painting and 3D clay model of a Dragon eye
Space topic - mixed media collage of an astronaut in the style of Peter Thorpe
Star consolation paintings
Still life sketches
Sewing – mini-beasts
Remembrance art in the style of Jacqueline Hurley - charcoal, sketching and acrylic paint
WWII topic - Propaganda posters
WWII topic - Printing in the style of Henry Moore
Evolution topic - mixed media whale pictures
Mixed media collage
Stain glass windows in the style of Lowry
Clay pots - leavers gift
Example of a Medium Term Plan