Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. Our high quality art and design education engages, inspires and challenges pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. It is an important part of our children’s entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum, and we encourage children’s artistic development from Nursery through to Year 6. As pupils progress, they begin to be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. Through half termly skill areas, the children are able to become more confident and proficient in a variety of techniques, such as painting, drawing, printing, sculpture and collage. Where appropriate, children will look at the work of different artists and craftsmen, studying their work and materials first, before moving on to developing the art skills for themselves. By showing the children completed pieces of art work, our children can then aspire to produce work to the same effect.
Our Art and Design curriculum is taught every half term, in every year group from Years 1 to 6, taking objectives from the National Curriculum. At Snapethorpe, we have taken the National Curriculum objectives and broken the skills down further so they are year group specific. This allows our children time to experiment with new skills being taught and build on those they have already developed. Throughout each year group, children have the opportunity to work with a wide variety of materials, including drawing and painting materials, print making, 3D materials such as clay and modroc, and collage. Each year group will teach a different skill area each half term, ensuring that resources are available, and can be ordered for specific year groups. Progression of the skills is key to our children developing and building on these skills year on year.
Sketchbooks play a vital role in our Art and Design curriculum, where the children can try out techniques and materials, before commencing with their final piece of art work. This is proving very successful, helping our children become confident at having a go, and their sketchbooks are a place where mistakes may be made, as this is part of the learning process. Art lessons are carried out through whole class teaching, where support can be given to individual children, when developing skills and the use of different materials.
Visits are used to inspire our children and to gain experience of the work of artists. We use The Yorkshire Sculpture Park and The Hepworth Art Gallery, which are local to school, as a way to focus our children on a variety of art work. By giving the children the opportunity to see art works first hand, engages and inspires them, allowing them to see the vast variety of art on offer.
We hope that all children in our school can show their creative side, selecting their own ideas and allowing their imaginations to lead their work. Our children are keen to learn new skills, as well as using new and different resources. They will become more confident in evaluating their work, and giving their opinion about their own work, as well as that of other artists. We want children to gain experience in using different media, so they are able to express themselves and identify preferences of what they like. Children enjoy celebrating their successes, therefore examples of art work are visible around school, showing their achievements, and the wide variety of art that is taught.