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Art at Long Bennington Academy

We hope that any walk around our school will demonstrate the value that we put on creative arts at Long Bennington Academy, through a variety of high quality work that will be ongoing in classrooms, or the wide range of Art work on display.

Art is planned to be inspiring, meaningful and relevant for children, to feed their imagination, and provide opportunities and the capacity to communicate feelings and ideas. Our art planning is often linked to topic themes, enhancing and deepening understanding. Children enjoy the practical hands on nature of Art, and it both enhances and consolidates work in other areas of the curriculum.

The development of skills in art is crucial to provide children with knowledge and confidence, developing their understanding of varied art mediums, and to help them master techniques. Studying the work of other artists and craftspeople widens children’s understanding and feeds natural curiosity, providing opportunities for responding to art, talking about art, for explaining, making choices, developing ideas, being inventive, and producing personalise art work.

We plan children’s Art experiences around opportunities to work on a variety of scales, in both 2 dimensional and 3 dimensional mediums, such as paints, charcoal, pencils, pastels, clay, junk modelling, and Mod-roc. Children are taught about colour, line, tone, texture, shape and form, and pattern, as set out in the National Curriculum for Art.

National Curriculum - Art

Purpose of study Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. A high-quality art and design education should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design.

As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.

Aims

The national curriculum for art and design aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences
  • become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques
  • evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design
  • know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.

Subject content Key stage 1

Pupils should be taught:

  • to use a range of materials creatively to design and make products
  • to use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination
  • to develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space
  • about the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers, describing the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, and making links to their own work.

 

Key stage 2 Pupils should be taught to develop their techniques, including their control and their use of materials, with creativity, experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design.

  • Pupils should be taught:
  • to create sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas
  • to improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials [for example, pencil, charcoal, paint, clay]
  • about great artists, architects and designers in history

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