Art and Design at St. Michael's
“We are artists”
At St Michaels CofE School we want every child to be happy and enthusiastic learners of Art and Design and to be eager to achieve their very best in order to fulfil their given talents.
We value Art and Design as an important part of the children’s entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum. It is our vision that Art and Design provides the children with the opportunities to develop and extend skills and techniques by propelling their imaginations through vital means of personal expression. A practical subject, but one that allows moments for reflection and response as a critical thinker to their own and others work; encouraging them to use artistic language in discussions.
We strive to use our high-quality curriculum to inspire, engage and challenge children whilst allowing them to experiment and invent their own works of art, craft and designs.
The intent of our Art education is to appreciate and enjoy art and to learn how it enriches our lives, making personal connections with the world in which we all live.
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.
St Michael’s encourages creativity from the very beginning of children’s schooling experience. This is done through Expressive Arts and Design in EYFS. The EYFS has a child initiated approach which allows EAD to flourish throughout the different areas in the room.
Throughout their time at St Michael’s, the children are given a range of opportunities to explore a wide variety of materials and techniques, developing their skills and thinking as young artists. The curriculum is progressive, so allows the children to build on skills, knowledge and techniques year on year.
Various media types are explored to give the widest possible range of experiences for all children. Developing skills in drawing, painting, printing, collage, textiles 3D work and digital art. The materials and media used are revisited throughout units and year groups to ensure progression of skills previously developed. Children have access to key knowledge, language and meanings in order to understand and readily apply new terminology to their work in Art and across the wider curriculum.
Children study a range of works by famous artists and Art is displayed to motivate and inspire others and to celebrate the pupils art work across our school environment and in our wider community.
By the end of their time with us, we want pupils to have learned, improved and embedded a range of artistic skills. They should have an awareness of a broad range of artists and craftspeople, and be able to consider and discuss the artworks they come across. We want our pupils to be confident to explore, experiment and take risks, placing value on the process and journey that they take, not just on the finished product. Most importantly, we want children to have found and enjoyed a creative outlet – a means of self-expression and enjoyment.
· Assessing children’s understanding of topic linked vocabulary before and after the unit is taught.
· Summative assessment of pupil discussions about their learning.
· Images and embedded practice of sharing their work across our school community
· Interviewing the pupils about their learning (pupil voice).