'Every Child is an Artist' - Picasso
The appreciation and enjoyment of the visual arts enriches all our lives. 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.
As part of the broad and balance curriculum offered at Newton Ferrers, our art and design curriculum will engage, inspire and challenge our children, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art. While largely a practical subject, our objective is that art will also provide the children with opportunities for reflection and, as they progress, they will learn to think critically and develop a comprehensive understanding of art. They will learn to make informed and sensitive responses to their own work and that of others.
At Newton Ferrers Primary School, we provide opportunities for art and design learning both inside and outside the classroom. As well as taking advantage of our beautiful rural and coastal location, educational trips and visits offer opportunities for us to plan additional art experiences. We are fortunate to have a fantastic forest school learning area which provides a perfect setting for outdoor art opportunities encompassing the natural environment.
The skills and knowledge that children will develop are mapped across each year group and throughout the school to ensure progression. We will ensure that children understand the context of the artwork, and that they develop a knowledge of individual artists as well as individual works and art movements. A similar focus on skills means that children are given opportunities to express their creative imagination, as well as practise and develop mastery in the key processes of art: drawing, painting, printing, textiles and sculpture. Evidence of their work is collecting in a sketchbook, which will follow the children through school.
Through our art and design curriculum the children will grow in confidence to experiment, explore and evolve their own creativity and style. They will develop preferences for what they see, learn to think reflectively, critically and interpretively about art, to manipulate, and persevere with ideas, building on them in order to achieve their vision. Pupils are clear about what the intended outcomes are and will develop the understanding and artistic language to measure their own work against these. We will guide them to be reflective and evaluate their own and each other’s work, thinking about how they can make changes to keep improving. This is a meaningful process and continuous throughout their artistic journey at our school.