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Art and Design

At St Thomas’ we understand that art is an area where pupils can understand and enjoy by developing an appreciation of the world around us. We believe that the teaching of art should be through practical exploration where children can develop a flare for the subject and an understanding of the work of artists, architects, sculptors and painters. By allowing children to develop their own flare for the subject, we are creating independent learners who can make decisions for themselves based on their own likes and dislikes. We want our pupils to be confident in saying their opinions in a respectful and well-thought out manner.

We have designed our curriculum so that art lessons allow opportunities for the children to plan and design their ideas so they are clear on what their final piece will look like. We encourage and praise the children to discuss their work, and to share why they have chosen a certain technique. Through utilisation of a variety of teaching and learning styles, pupils are motivated to question, form opinions and offer peer support as they focus on art from various periods of history including significant artists, architects, sculptors and painters from all around the world.

We have designed a high-quality art and design curriculum that will engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art and design. As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. In addition to this, our pupils will learn about how art has shaped our history and how it reflects it.

As pupils progress they will draw upon their experiences within art and design, using a range of materials creatively to design and make products through drawing, painting and sculpture. They explore different techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space. Using a clear progressive pathway throughout the year groups ensures that high standards and quality of teaching are maintained, resulting in our pupils making good progress in the skills that they are demonstrating, vocabulary that they are being exposed to and knowledge that they are gaining.

When planning their topics, teachers focus on at least one artist per term. This meets the National Curriculum (2014) strand of knowing about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understanding the historical and cultural development of their art forms.

By the time our pupils reach the end of Key Stage Two, they will have been given opportunities to use a range of materials creatively to design and make products through drawing, painting and sculpture. They will have explored different techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space. In addition to this, our pupils will have learnt 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.

Year 1

Autumn

Spring

Summer

  • Drawing using pencils
  • Drawing from direct observation and imagination
  • Drawing lines of different shapes and thickness
  • Developing a range of different tones
  • Building construction and sculptures from a variety of objects
  • Reviewing my work and making improvements

 

  • Identifying the names of all the Primary and Secondary colours
  • Holding and using a brush correctly
  • Recording and exploring ideas from first-hand observations
  • Working from direct observation and imagination
  • Looking at the work of other artists

 

  • Printing using simple patterns by using objects such as vegetables, fruits, sponges
  • Creating a repeating pattern
  • Printing onto paper and textile
  • Cutting using scissors and tearing paper and card for collages
  • Using a simple painting program to create a picture
  • Adding texture using tools
  • Making different kinds of shapes
  • Cutting, rolling and coiling materials such as clay, dough and plasticine

 

Year 2

Autumn

Spring

Summer

  • Sketch UK human and physical features using line and shading.
  • Use drawing to share their ideas. 
  • Develop line, shape, form and space.
  • Work from imagination.
  • Work from direct observation.
  • Draw using pencils.
  • Create different tones using light and dark.
  • Discuss my own work and that of other artists.
  • Mix colours and predict outcomes.
  • Make tints by adding white and tones by adding black.
  • Create moods in my drawings.

 

Landmarks, and animals from both Australia and Madagascar

 

  • Use drawing and painting to further develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination.
  • Draw using a variety of line styles and experiment using patterns.
  • Use collage, painting and sketching as well as Aboriginal Art.

 

Mother Nature

  • Using a range of tools for shaping and mark making.
  • Replicating patterns and textures in 3D form by making a clay leaf.
  • Exploring shape and patterns in nature.
  • Looking within our local environment and exploring different textures and colours.
  • Reviewing what they and others have done and say what they think and feel about it.

 

Year 3

Autumn

Spring

Summer

  • Mix colours from the colour wheel.
  • Experiment with various pencils to explore tone and texture.
  • We will be creating our own mini versions of wattle and daub walls and exploring structural and scientific elements of construction.
  • We will share our ideas, then experiment with new mediums whilst developing a range of art and design techniques.

 

  • Studying observational drawings focusing on patterns.
  • Using drawing, sketching and painting to develop and share our ideas, experiences and imagination for patterns whilst developing a wide range of art and design techniques.
  • Observing and drawing shapes as accurately as possible, creating these in different mediums.
  • Recording and exploring our ideas using our sketch books.

 

  • Studying the positive and negative space on a page linked to the creation of fossil type drawings and 3D models from layers of paper on card.
  • Exploring sculpture by creating moulds and casts impressions in clay and plaster.
  • Studying the human body proportions.
  • Exploring shadow inspired photography
  • Creating Roman mosaics.

 

 

Year 4

Autumn

Spring

Summer

We will be using the local environment and the UK landscape as a stimulus for the following learning:

  • Use different grades of pencil (2B, 3B, 4B, 6B, HB) to show different tones and texture using marks and lines.
  • Identify the effect of light and start to show this in my drawings.
  • Review what I and others have done and say what I think and feel about it.

 

We will look at various European artists and learn to:

  • Look and discuss own work and that of other artists  (Monet and Degas)
  • Look at various artists creation of pattern and discuss their effects (Monet and Degas)
  • Create mood in my painting.  (Degas)
  • Experiment with different styles which artists have used.
  • Organise line, tone, shape and colour to represent figures and forms in movement. (Degas)

Show facial expressions and body language in my drawings.

Through our topic of Africa, we will look at the work of artists and take inspiration from books and historical events through the following skills:

  • Explain art from other periods of history.
  • Create an accurate print design.
  • To print onto different materials.
  • To create a print based on the work of a famous designer
  • Review what I and others have done and say what I think and feel about it.

 

 

Year 5

Autumn

Spring

Summer

 

  • Observe and use a variety of techniques to show the effect of light on objects.
  • Use sketch books to inform, plan and develop ideas.
  • Use a variety of techniques to interpret the texture of a surface.
  • Work collaboratively on a variety of sizes and different scales.
  • Consider how famous artists use colour: Peter Thorpe.
  • Confidently work from observation or imagination.
  • Take account of the properties of media being used.
  • Select and use a range of materials to achieve a specific outcome.
  • Explore the texture of pastels.
  • Use colour to express moods and feelings.

 

We will study William Morris, Monet and Victorian portraiture.

 

  • Observe and use a variety of techniques to show the effect of light on objects.
  • Use sketch books to inform, plan and develop ideas.
  • Produce increasingly accurate drawings of people.
  • Begin to show perspective when drawing.
  • Organise line, tone, shape and colour to represent figures and forms in movement.
  • Confidently work from observation or imagination.
  • Combine graphics and text based on research.
  • Create freeze-frames that depict thoughts and feelings of a character and voice these feelings.

 

Artist Study – Lowery,  Matisse and Frink.

Mayan Printing

 

  • Create an accurate print design that meets a given criteria.
  • Print using a number of colours.
  • Print onto different materials.
  • Create a print based on the work of a famous designer (e.g. Escher, etc.).
  • Sculpt clay and other mouldable materials.
  • Experiment with/combine materials and processes to design and make a 3D form.
  • Recognise sculptural forms in the environment (e.g. furniture, buildings).
  • Discuss own work and work of other sculptors (e.g. Frink, etc.).

 

Year 6

Autumn

Spring

Summer

  • Considering famous artists use of colour.
  • Using texture, tone and shape to create new effects.
  • Discussing our own and famous artists’ work, drawing comparisons and reflecting on creations.
  • Developing the experience of embellishing.

 

 

 

 

  • Developing the consideration of colour for purpose.
  • Developing the concept of one and introducing the concept of two point perspective.
  • Developing an awareness of how paintings are created through composition.
  • Developing an awareness of composition, scale and proportion in artwork.
  • Improving mastery of art and design techniques with a range of materials.
  • Discussing our own and famous artists’ work, drawing comparisons and reflecting on own creations.
  • Developing control and experimenting with particular qualities of tone, shades, hue and mood.
  • Using colour to express moods and feelings.
  • Applying knowledge of different techniques to express feelings and mood.
  • Observing and using a variety of techniques to show the effect of light on people.
  • Producing increasingly accurate drawings of people.

 

 

 

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