Art

Year 4's pastel work in Tudor Portraiture

Grateful for the work of two secondary-qualified art teachers on the Broadway site, our pupils build upon the strong foundations laid in Key Stage 1.  

Pupils artwork decorates all the corridors of the school and is changed every half term.  Here we provide an overview of our art curriculum which we cover through exciting units of work, most of which we have written ourselves: 

During Key Stage 1

Pupils develop their creativity and imagination by exploring the visual, tactile and sensory qualities of materials and processes. They learn about the role of art, craft and design in their environment. They begin to understand colour, shape and space and pattern and texture and use them to represent their ideas and feelings.

Knowledge, skills and understanding

Exploring and developing ideas

1. Pupils are taught to:
a. record from first-hand observation, experience and imagination, and explore ideas
b. ask and answer questions about the starting points for their work, and develop their ideas.

Investigating and making art, craft and design

2. Pupils are taught to:
a. investigate the possibilities of a range of materials and processes
b. try out tools and techniques and apply these to materials and processes, including drawing
c. represent observations, ideas and feelings, and design and make images and artefacts.

Evaluating and developing work

3. Pupils are taught to:
a. review what they and others have done and say what they think and feel about it
b. identify what they might change in their current work or develop in their future work.

Knowledge and understanding

4. Pupils are taught about:
a. visual and tactile elements, including colour, pattern and texture, line and tone, shape, form and space
b. materials and processes used in making art, craft and design
c. differences and similarities in the work of artists, craftspeople and designers in different times and cultures [for example, sculptors, photographers, architects, textile designers].

Breadth of study

5. During the key stage, pupils should be taught the knowledge, skills and understanding through:
a. exploring a range of starting points for practical work [for example, themselves, their experiences, stories, natural and made objects and the local environment]
b. working on their own, and collaborating with others, on projects in two and three dimensions and on different scales
c. using a range of materials and processes [for example, painting, collage, print making, digital media, textiles, sculpture]
d. investigating different kinds of art, craft and design [for example, in the locality, in original and reproduction form, during visits to museums, galleries and sites, on the internet].

During Key Stage 2

Pupils develop their creativity and imagination through more complex activities and more detailed art and design work. These help to build on their skills and improve their control of materials, tools and techniques. They increase their critical awareness of the roles and purposes of art, craft and design in different times and cultures. They become more confident in using visual and tactile elements and materials and processes to communicate what they see, feel and think.  Teaching includes 'investigating and making' includes 'exploring and developing ideas' and 'evaluating and developing work'. 'Knowledge and understanding' should inform this process.

Knowledge, skills and understanding

Exploring and developing ideas

1. Pupils are taught to:
a. record from experience and imagination, to select and record from first-hand observation and to explore ideas for different purposes
b. question and make thoughtful observations about starting points and select ideas to use in their work
c. collect visual and other information [for example, images, materials] to help them develop their ideas, including using a sketchbook.

Investigating and making art, craft and design

2. Pupils are taught to:
a. investigate and combine visual and tactile qualities of materials and processes and to match these qualities to the purpose of the work
b. apply their experience of materials and processes, including drawing, developing their control of tools and techniques
c. use a variety of methods and approaches to communicate observations, ideas and feelings, and to design and make images and artefacts.

Evaluating and developing work

3. Pupils are taught to:
a. compare ideas, methods and approaches in their own and others' work and say what they think and feel about them
b. adapt their work according to their views and describe how they might develop it further.

Knowledge and understanding

4. Pupils are taught about:
a. visual and tactile elements, including colour, pattern and texture, line and tone, shape, form and space, and how these elements can be combined and organised for different purposes
b. materials and processes used in art, craft and design and how these can be matched to ideas and intentions
c. the roles and purposes of artists, craftspeople and designers working in different times and cultures [for example, Western Europe and the wider world].

Breadth of study

5. During the key stage, pupils should be taught the knowledge, skills and understanding through:
a. exploring a range of starting points for practical work [for example, themselves, their experiences, images, stories, drama, music, natural and made objects and environments]
b. working on their own, and collaborating with others, on projects in two and three dimensions and on different scales
c. using a range of materials and processes, including ICT [for example, painting, collage, print making, digital media, textiles, sculpture]
d. investigating art, craft and design in the locality and in a variety of genres, styles and traditions [for example, in original and reproduction form, during visits to museums, galleries and sites, on the internet].

Attainment Levels in Art

Level 1

Pupils respond to ideas.

They use a variety of materials and processes to communicate their ideas and meanings, and design and make images and artefacts.

They describe what they think or feel about their own and others' work.

Level 2

Pupils explore ideas.

They investigate and use a variety of materials and processes to communicate their ideas and meanings, and design and make images and artefacts.

They comment on differences in others' work, and suggest ways of improving their own.

Level 3

Pupils explore ideas and collect visual and other information for their work.

They investigate visual and tactile qualities in materials and processes, communicate their ideas and meanings, and design and make images and artefacts for different purposes.

They comment on similarities and differences between their own and others' work, and adapt and improve their own.

Level 4

Pupils explore ideas and collect visual and other information to help them develop their work.

They use their knowledge and understanding of materials and processes to communicate ideas and meanings, and make images and artefacts, combining and organising visual and tactile qualities to suit their intentions.

They compare and comment on ideas, methods and approaches used in their own and others' work, relating these to the context in which the work was made. They adapt and improve their work to realise their own intentions.

Level 5

Pupils explore ideas and select visual and other information.

They use this in developing their work, taking account of the purpose. They manipulate materials and processes to communicate ideas and meanings and make images and artefacts, matching visual and tactile qualities to their intentions.

They analyse and comment on ideas, methods and approaches used in their own and others' work, relating these to its context. They adapt and refine their work to reflect their own view of its purpose and meaning.

Level 6

Pupils explore ideas and assess visual and other information, including images and artefacts from different historical, social and cultural contexts.

They use this information to develop their ideas, taking account of purpose and audience. They manipulate materials and processes and analyse outcomes.

They interpret visual and tactile qualities to communicate ideas and meanings, and realise their intentions. They analyse and comment on how ideas and meanings are conveyed in their own and others' work.

They explain how their understanding of the context affects their views and practice.

Level 7

Pupils explore ideas and assess visual and other information, analysing codes and conventions used in different genres, styles and traditions.

They select, organise and present information in visual and other ways, taking account of purpose and audience.

They extend their understanding of materials and processes and interpret visual and tactile qualities.

They show increasing independence in the way in which they develop ideas and meanings and realise their intentions.

They analyse and comment on the contexts of their own and others' work. They explain how their own ideas, experiences and values affect their views and practice.