Art and Design
At Adswood Primary School we are committed to providing all children with learning opportunities to engage in art and design
The purpose of Art and Design education is to give pupils the skills, concepts and knowledge necessary for them to express their responses to ideas and experiences in a visual or tactile form. It fires their imagination and is a fundamental means of personal expression.
While it is essentially a practical subject, art should provide opportunities for reflection and, with increasing sensitivity, pupils should acquire the ability to make informed, critical responses to their own work and that of others.
The aims of Art and Design are:
• To enable all children to have access to a varied range of high quality art experiences
• To provide an imaginative, innovative and co-ordinated art programme which will foster enthusiasm for art and design amongst all the children
• To foster an enjoyment and appreciation of the visual arts and a knowledge of artists, craftspeople and designers, through links with the local and wider multicultural community.
• To stimulate children’s creativity and imagination by providing visual, tactile and sensory experience
• To help children explore the world at first hand, using all their senses and experimentation, and so gain knowledge and understanding of the world in which they live
• To develop children’s understanding of colour, form, texture, pattern and their ability to use materials and processes to communicate ideas, feelings and meanings
• To inspire confidence, value and pleasure in art
• To cultivate children’s aesthetic awareness and enable them to make informed judgements about art and become actively involved in shaping environments
• To teach children to express their own ideas, feelings, thoughts and experiences
• To develop children’s design capability
• To enhance children’s ability to value the contribution made by artists, craft workers and designers and respond critically and imaginatively to ideas, images and objects.
Art and design curriculum planning
Art is taught through a topic approach within our Learning Challenge Curriculum. Cross curricular links are, where relevant, made with Design & Technology, Science, History and Geography. Our curriculum is carefully planned to engage and excite all our learners. Our long-term and medium-term plans map out the themes covered each term for each key stage. These plans define what we will teach and ensure an appropriate balance and distribution of work across each term.
Progression and Continuity
The school uses a variety of teaching and learning styles in art and design lessons. Our principal aim is to develop the children’s knowledge, skills and understanding in art and design. We ensure that the act of investigating and making includes exploring and developing ideas, evaluating and developing work. We do this through a mixture of direct teaching and individual/ group activities. Teachers draw attention to good examples of individual performance as models for the other children. They encourage children to evaluate their own ideas and methods, and the work of others, to say what they think and feel about them. We give children the opportunity within lessons to work on their own and collaborate with others, on projects in two and three dimensions and on different scales. Children also have the opportunity to use a wide range of materials and resources including other artists’ work, educational visits and computing.
We recognise the fact that we have children of differing ability in all our classes, and so we provide suitable learning opportunities for all children by matching the challenge of the task to the ability of the child. We achieve this through a range of strategies which are differentiated by task, expected outcome and/or support from peers or adults.
Progress and Achievement
Children are monitored on a regular basis to check progress. We encourage all pupils to take responsibility for their own and their peers learning. A range of Assessment for Learning strategies are used, for example peer marking – the children regularly peer mark and are encouraged to comment on each other’s work using vocabulary related to the skill taught, evaluation, self assessments, success criteria, the use of talk partners and end of unit teacher/pupil evaluation. Through these, both children and adults are able to recognise the progress being made.
From year 1 children are encouraged to use sketchbooks which serve as a cumulative record of their work. Samples of children’s work are also collected. Monitoring takes place regularly through sampling children’s work, teacher planning and lesson observations.
Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development
The teaching of art and design offers opportunities to support the social development of our children through the way we expect them to work with each other in lessons. Groupings allow children to work together and give them the chance to discuss their ideas and feelings about their own work and the work of others. They also develop an understanding of different times and cultures through their work on artists, designers and craftspeople.
There are a wide range of resources to support the teaching of art and design across the school. All classes have a range of basic resources kept in the classroom; large bottles of paint and some other general equipment Visits to art galleries, theatres and museums are planned to enhance learning and give hands on opportunities. Visits from artists for workshops or as part of the schools event weeks and the schools Artist in residence, Jim Stanley, help to inspire and enthuse children through various forms of art. Mr Stanley, a fine artist and painter works across the school from Nursery to Year 6 to develop skills and provide support and CPD for teachers
Next year, the school will continue to explore artistic collaborations within our community based project ‘Adswood Together’. This cross generational project, funded in part by the Arts Council, aims to involve and engage the community around Adswood Primary School with the arts, through workshops and activities leading to an exhibition of work. The three main outcomes are:
‘Our Adswood’ – an exhibition of documentary photography by participants created through workshops and activities.
‘Adswood Heroes’ – an installation of photographic portraits, video and sound recordings of Adswoods most influential residents, documenting the contributions they have made to the community and reflecting their passion for Adswood. Created by Jo Spencer and pupils.
‘Let your dreams fly’ – a celebratory installation piece created by pupils , families and residents reflecting their hopes and dreams for Adswood.
It is hoped that projects such as Adswood Together will create an ethos of ‘creativity matters’ in the school and develop an ongoing exhibition area for ‘Adswood Artists’ within the school .