Art and Design
Children are encouraged to use a wide variety of tools and materials for drawing, painting and creating imaginative and observational three dimensional work. As well as developing their own style they look at the work of other artists and explore the use of their techniques and media. It is important that children are taught how to select and look after a range of different materials.
At Tattershall Primary, we believe that teaching and learning in Art is important because it stimulates creativity, imagination and inventiveness. The purpose of our Art curriculum is to give our pupils the skills, concepts and knowledge necessary for them to express responses to ideas and experiences in a visual or tactile form. It fires their imagination and it is a fundamental means of personal expression.
“Art is not just a subject to learn, but an activity that you can practise with your hands, your eyes, your whole personality.” Quentin Blake, Children’s Laureate.
Our Art curriculum provides children with opportunities to develop their skills using a range of media and materials. Children will learn the skills of drawing, painting, printing, collage, textiles, 3D work and digital art and are given the opportunity to explore and evaluate different creative ideas. Children will be introduced to a range of works and develop knowledge of the styles and vocabulary used by famous artists. It enables children to communicate what they see, feel and think through the use of colour, texture, form, pattern and different materials and processes. Children will become involved in shaping their environments through art and design activities. Through this the children learn to make informed judgements and aesthetic and practical decisions. Children will explore ideas and meanings through the work of artists and designers. Art will not be taught in isolation, although it retains its creative base and its skills and techniques. Wherever appropriate it will be linked to other areas of the curriculum, giving our children the opportunities to develop specific art skills, and reinforce skills already established. Many areas of art link with mathematical ideas of shape and space; for example when printing repeating patterns and designs and thinking about 3D shapes to support structures. It is paramount that art work be purposeful; be this as a means of expression or to explore the styles of other artists that inspire our own work. Pupils should be clear what the intended outcomes are and have a means to measure their own work against this. In Art, our children are expected to be reflective and evaluate their work, thinking about how they can make changes and keep improving. Children are encouraged to take risks and experiment and then reflect on why some ideas and techniques are successful or not for a particular project.
We follow the ‘Kapow Primary’ scheme of work. Kapow’s Art and Design scheme of work supports pupils to meet the National curriculum end of key stage attainment targets and has been written to fully cover the National Society for Education in Art and Design’s progression competencies.
The Kapow Art scheme of work is designed with five strands that run throughout. These are:
- Making skills
- Formal elements (line, shape, tone, texture, pattern, colour)
- Knowledge of artists
Through Kapow’s Art and Design scheme of work, these strands are revisited in every unit. In our Art and Design skills and our Formal elements of art units, pupils have the opportunity to learn and practise skills discretely. The knowledge and skills from these units are then applied throughout the other units in the scheme. Key skills are revisited again and again with increasing complexity in a spiral curriculum model. This allows pupils to revise and build on their previous learning. There are four units covered in both KS1 and KS2. The units are drawing, painting and mixed media, sculpture and 3D and craft and design. All units will be taught weekly or by blocking depending on the class topic.
Kapow’s Art and Design curriculum develops pupil’s knowledge and understanding of key artists and art movements through the ‘Every picture tells a story’ units and links to artists through practical work. Our units fully scaffold and support essential and age-appropriate sequenced learning and are flexible enough to be adapted to form cross-curricular links with your own school’s curriculum.
Creativity and independent outcomes are robustly embedded into our units, supporting students in learning how to make their own creative choices and decisions, so that their art outcomes, whilst still being knowledge-rich, are unique to the pupil and personal.
Lessons are always practical in nature and encourage experimental and exploratory learning with pupils using sketchbooks to document their ideas. Differentiated guidance is available for every lesson to ensure that lessons can be accessed and enjoyed by all pupils and opportunities to stretch pupils’ learning are available when required. Knowledge organisers for each unit support pupils in building a foundation of factual knowledge by encouraging recall of key facts and vocabulary.
What we want our children to know: Knowledge organisers
Art and design skills
Formal elements of art
Sculpture and collages
Craft and Design – Map it Out
Drawing – Tell a Story
Sculpture and 3D – Clay Houses
Painting and Mixed Media – Life in Colour
Painting and Mixed Media
Art and design skills
Make my voice heard
Class 3 used watercolours to paint self portraits and it's clear to see we have some budding artists at Tattershall Primary School.
Julian Opie portraits
Class 3 drew the outline of their picture onto tracing paper and then traced it onto paper. Then they used watercolours to paint them. Once they dried, they used black pens on the outlines to make their portraits stand out.
Class 3 did an amazing job at making sculptures using wires and plasticine. They were using the focus of superheroes and a pose they would make. They used a lot of perseverance and determination, which showed in the quality of the final sculptures.
Art - Exploring Line
In art class 2 have enjoyed exploring line and worked together to create a whole class piece of abstract art. The theme was water 😊
Art - 3D colour drawings
Class 3 progressed onto using colour to create 3D drawings. The class used the tones of colour to design a 3D drawing of a new planet. The planets they drew were for their monstermatics they wrote about in their English learning.
Art - 3D pencil drawings
Class 3 used pieces of different sized ribbon to create their 3D drawings. After drawing the outline of the ribbon, the children used different gradients of pencils to add tone to make it look three dimensional.
Art - Frottage
Class 3 used their rubbings from the previous week to use the technique frottage in the style of the artist, Max Ernst. Frottage is when you take rubbings from an uneven surface to form the basis of a work of art. We used Frottage to make badgers, foxes, squirrels and hedgehogs as we were using them as a focus in our English learning.
Art - Rubbings
Class 3 explored textures by rubbing different coloured pastels on materials they found in the classroom and on the playground.
Primary It may not look organised learning, but Class 5 children have been working tirelessly to create their pop-up books. The children are very excited to show case these to Class 2 once they are complete.
Class 5's painted vases
Class 5 children have been learning new skills, which will help them create their vases.
Class 5 have now used their clay skills to create their vases. Final step is painting.
Children worked to their plans and created some fantastic vases.
Class 4 have produced some fantastic artwork at home and in school. In class they have been using watercolour paint to create brilliant pictures of birds and Chinese New Year animals.
Class 5 have been working hard on their art skills during lockdown. We have been improving our sketching skills as well as our painting skills and some children have even had a go at collaging their final kiwi.
Draw with Rob
Class 6 have been using ‘Draw with Rob’ to create some amazing art work, whilst following his instructions very carefully. The finished products are outstanding!
This term Class 3 have been focusing on landscapes and the artists Monet and Van Gogh. We should have been painting each week but that hasn't been possible unfortunately. The children have done a fantastic job at adapting their learning at home and they have used felt tips and pencil crayons if paint wasn't available.