Intent – What we aim to achieve?
“All schools should be art schools.” Bob and his Roberta Smith
At St. Patrick’s, we believe that art is a vital part of children’s education. We strive to stimulate children’s creativity and imagination and develop children’s awareness that art offers a unique way of responding to the world. We encourage children to experiment and explore art using their sketchbooks to record and develop their ideas. Consequently, we also develop children’s understanding of themselves as artists.
Through a comprehensive study of a range of diverse local and global artists from the different paradigms of art, we develop children’s visual literacy skills, as well as an understanding of their own and others’ cultural heritage, securing knowledge of the history of art. As pupils progress, they should gain a deeper understanding of how art reflects and shapes our history, and how it contributes to the culture, creativity and wealth of our world, thus contributing to our children’s cultural capital.
Our art curriculum is underpinned by the aims and content detailed in the National Curriculum. We teach children a range of artistic skills and knowledge (practical, theoretical and disciplinary) that build in complexity from EYFS to Year 6. Children will develop their knowledge of the visual language of art with effective teaching and lesson sequencing. We want our children to learn beyond simply “doing art”. We want our children’s experience of art to be broad and progressive so they learn more, remember more and do more with their learnt knowledge and skills over time.
“He who works with his hands is a labourer. He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman. He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist.” Saint Francis of Assisi
Implementation – How do we achieve our aims?
Children start on their art educational journey in the Early Years Foundation Stage. What children learn in EYFS is crucial knowledge for them to build on in the future. The knowledge and vocabulary that children develop, particularly through the Expressive Arts and Design and Physical Development areas of learning, enable them to access the art content at Key stage 1, where we begin our formal teaching of Art.
Key Stages 1 and 2
The art curriculum is divided into cycles of study: KS1, Lower KS2 and Upper KS2.
Within each cycle there are eight units of work consisting of:
- Two portraiture units from different paradigms (either traditional, modern or contemporary)
- One collage unit
- One painting unit
- One sculpture unit
- One printing unit
- One wellbeing (KS1) or activism (KS2) unit
- One ‘Art that Changed the World’ unit
“Let whoever may have attained to so much as to have the power of drawing know that he holds a great treasure.” Michelangelo
We recognise drawing as a vital skill in the advancement and development of human society. Therefore, drawing skills are taught and practised within all units of work. These skills are sequenced carefully to ensure gradual progression and then revisited to allow opportunities for practise and refinement.
Planning and Sequencing
The units of work in our Art and Design programme are focussed on a specific artist study. Within each unit, we also look at complimentary and contrasting artists from the different art paradigms (traditional, modern and contemporary) so our children build a secure schema of art and art history. Teachers follow our St. Patrick’s Art and Design lesson sequence: ‘The Art Process’ when delivering lessons within a topic.
The Art Process
The Art Process is a carefully designed lesson sequence that allows full coverage of the National Curriculum within each unit of study. Each lesson is focussed on an aspect of the creative art process and this focus is shared with the children at the beginning of each lesson.
“I found I could say things with colour and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way – things I had no words for.” Georgia O’Keeffe
All pupils, regardless of need, are entitled to an excellent art education. Lessons are carefully planned and resourced so that all children can access learning at an appropriate level that both engages them and challenges them. To ensure that all children are included, appropriate adaptive teaching strategies are implemented to support individuals’ needs. We appreciate that just because a child has special educational needs, this does not preclude them from being strong, creative, talented artists.
Teachers utilise both formative and summative assessment strategies in Art and Design at St. Patrick’s.
Formative Assessment (informal, timely, frequent, bitesize, continuous)
Regular discussions and carefully formulated questions are used to check children’s understanding. This continued dialogue between teacher and pupil is helpful for the acquisition of practical skills and knowledge. Formative assessment strategies also help teachers identify whether they need to adapt their teaching.
Summative Assessment (End of unit, formal, recorded)
This form of assessment checks how much of the curriculum has been learned. A judgement (working towards, expected or greater depth) is made by the teacher for each of the aims of the National Curriculum (Generating Ideas, Making, Evaluating and Knowledge) within each topic. These judgements are reflective of the formative assessments conducted throughout the unit. They are not just based on the outcome of a single piece of work.
Children are provided with a sketchbook when they begin Year 1 which stays with them through school. This is a record of the development of their art skills and represents their journey through the subject of Art. These sketchbooks are entirely personal and are not to be thought of as an art exercise book. Children are encouraged to explore a range of ideas and techniques in their sketchbooks. Art activities in the EYFS are evidenced in Learning Journeys and through displays.
Throughout their art lessons, children are introduced to the key vocabulary that is important to their learning. They are then encouraged to use this when discussing their own artwork and that of others.
Impact – How do we know if we’ve achieved our aim?
St. Patrick's Art Council 2023-2024
Are you passionate about art? Then we need you! St. Patrick's are forming their own Art Council for pupils in Key Stage 2. We will meet each half term to discuss all things art, as well as potential art activities we can organise in and out of school. Please submit a short statement for why you would be the perfect candidate to join our art council by Friday 10th November.
Art Exhibition - June 2023
Thank you to everyone who came to our Art Exhibition for our self-portrait competition. It was lovely to see you all and it was a great opportunity to celebrate the fabulous artists we have at St. Patricks.
Contemporary Art / Mental Health Awareness Week
(15th-19th May 2023)
The whole school had a wonderful and thought-provoking time exploring how mental health can be represented through contemporary art for Mental Health Awareness Week. Each year group researched and studied the work of a different contemporary artist before using this knowledge to inspire their own piece of art.