We are Artists
Art and Design is a means of communication that can help children to explore, understand, share and represent their physical and human environment. 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.
At The Stoke Poges School we believe that Art and Design encourages children to develop their creativity, nurture their imagination and provide children with a variety of ways to express their thoughts, feelings and emotions.
Our pupils’ understanding of Art and Design is developed through knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the work of other artists past and present and from different cultures. Through our curriculum Art and Design is also accessed in other subjects. Our children are encouraged to express their creative ideas in a secure and appreciative environment. They are shown how to work with a range of materials and equipment including digital media, clay, Mod-roc and textiles and are taught various techniques in areas such as printing, painting and mark marking.
Pupils also learn to appreciate works of art and use artistic language to describe paintings, sculptures and other artefacts. We also use the local environment as a source of enrichment including visits to places of interest such as museums and galleries.
At The Stoke Poges School, we hope to foster and continually grow a love of Art and Design as the children progress through the primary years, giving all of our pupils the opportunities and skills needed to develop their understanding and techniques.
Art is encompassed and taught under the banner of ‘Expressive Art and Design’ within the EYFS. Children are taught art appreciation through a topic-based curriculum and have the opportunity to experience a wide range of materials, tools and techniques to begin to develop their skills in this area. We do focus on key artists in our planning as a link for children to see and to develop their knowledge.
During KS1 and KS2, Art and Design is taught through our cross-curricular topics and follows the 2014 National Curriculum. Teachers plan a sequential block of work linked with their current theme. Within this, children will examine the key elements of line, colour, texture, shape, form, space, tone and pattern. A wide range of mediums and materials are used including collage, textiles, painting, drawing, painting, sculpture and ICT. Children are taught skills to enable them to use their imagination to express and communicate ideas, thoughts and feelings.