Through the teaching and learning of Art and Design at St Patrick's Primary School we aim to engage, inspire and challenge pupils, whilst of course fulfilling the aims and expectations laid out in the national curriculum. We recognise that Art and Design is an important component to children's intellectual, emotional and social development. We aim for all our pupils to appreciate the wider, social context and understand how Art and Design reflects our past, present and future as a society.
Our curriculum is sequenced to ensure there is continuity and progression for all learners. Learning is scaffolded to ensure children secure skills before then building upon them. For further information regarding topics and skills covered in each year group please see this year's curriculum map attached below.
We aim to provide all children with the opportunity to learn about a range of artists, designers and architects as well as explore a variety of media and techniques. From plaster to pastels and collage to clay we ensure our children are fully equipped with a range of knowledge and skills so they may effectively demonstrate their creative ideas through their own endeavours.
Here are some comments from our current pupils regarding Art and Design:
"I like just being able to go in my own world for a bit. I find it relaxing." (Year 6 pupil)
"I love learning about different techniques. I like it when the whole class works together to create something." (Year 4 pupil)
" I enjoyed learning about Clarice Cliff. We designed really colourful plates. I love art!" (Year 3 pupil)
Art and Design at Home
If you feel overwhelmed when your child asks to get 'crafty' at home or if you are stumped for ideas when your child asks you to draw a dinosaur, aeroplane or horse please do check out the many available tutorials on YouTube. They offer some great ideas and tips that you and your child can enjoy together and you might be surprised by some of the finished pieces. Here are some links to get you started.
Examples of Work
We hope you enjoy browsing some examples of the children's work below.
We enjoyed a fun and exciting Art lesson with Tim Quinn who works for comic book companies. He helped us to see how Art is alive! We looked at some of Tim's Marvel Comic covers and we enjoyed listening to how he has developed as an artist over the years. We created a super hero cartoon character ourselves and were asked to think about his/her powers.