The Art and Design curriculum offers pupils a unique way of perceiving themselves and the world. It is taught for 3 half terms of the year which is alternated with Design & Technology. The units are centred on the 6 formal elements of art which are taught discreetly and are revisited and built on overtime as children progress towards the end of Key Stage 2.
Art is taught each term in dedicated blocks to allow the sequence of an art project fully from appreciating art and different artists, exploring visual and tactile elements, practising skills and applying their skills to a final project. Teachers plan work in relation to the topic theme they are undertaking, as well as pupils’ interests and experiences.
The Formal Elements of Art:
Line, Shape, Tone, Texture, Pattern and Colour
Each unit focuses specifically on skills within the areas of:
Drawing, painting, printing, collage, textiles, 3D work, digital art, use of sketchbooks and the creation of original art work
The Middleton St Mary's Art Curriculum builds on the Formal Elements of Art and knowledge of Skills which are then applied throughout the rest of the units. The curriculum provides both challenge and support for all learners.
Alongside pupil’s developing their artistic ability children are exposed to a wealth and variety of Artists and Artwork. Children develop their oracy skills in Art which enables them to interpret, analysis, evaluate and offer their opinion. The pupils develop their knowledge and understanding of Art movements & styles such as impressionism, realism, abstract art & modern art. The curriculum gives pupils the opportunities to observe, question and study world famous Artist, across the eras, from Banksy to Warhol as well as Local Artists; Kate Lycett, Barbra Hepworth & David Hockney.
The purpose is for pupils to develop an interest and appreciate of Art and equip them with the skills to analyse and critique different pieces of Art. They build their own narrative which enables them to articulate and justify their perspective as well as express their own opinions.