The National Curriculum: Art and Design
The National Curriculum for art and design aims to ensure that all pupils produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences. They will become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques. Pupils can evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design and have knowledge about great artists, craft makers and designers, understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.
Art at Petersfield Infant School
Through Art we intend to develop the children’s creative ability and to extend their awareness of visual representation in all its forms. The children will be given the opportunity to express their ideas and feelings through a variety of media. We encourage the children to enjoy and value both their own work and that of others.
In Year R the children will learn about Printing, Colour and Texture, Collage in a variety of forms, Malleable materials, Painting, 3D Model making and Observational drawing. The children can also choose to paint during their child initiated learning.
In Year One, the children will further the skills learnt in Year R as well as being taught new skills.
In the Autumn Term Year 1 learn about choosing, using and mixing their own colours to create quality art work that shows progression in skills. The children will have the opportunity to explore the life and work of six key abstract artists and, working primarily in paint, to create pieces in a range of abstract styles.
In the Spring term they will learn about the Spanish Catalan artist, Joan Mirό, inspiring them with colour, fun, dreams, and nonsense as they create their own pieces of art. They will learn all about his Magical Realist paintings, drawing on their own experiences to create dream-like pictures about their own lives. Children will have great fun exploring printmaking with lots of different objects and materials to illustrate a nonsense alphabet.
In the Summer Term ‘Nature Sculptures’ will teach the children about the concept of nature sculpture. The children will have the opportunity to learn about different kinds of nature sculptures and to explore the work of Andy Goldsworthy and other environmental artists. Each lesson in the focus is on a different technique using natural materials; collecting material, model making and observational drawing. At the end of the unit children will create a multimedia collage to bring together and celebrate their work.
In the Autumn Term Year 2 will be taught about portraits, and use of different materials and techniques when making their own. The children will also have the opportunity to explore the work of Pablo Picasso, Paul Klee, Henri Matisse and Andy Warhol, and create artwork inspired by them.
In the Spring Term they will learn about the bright colours and bold brushstrokes used by the Impressionists, and other artists, when painting landscapes and cityscapes. They will be introduced to the work of Claude Monet, Vincent van Gogh, and Jean Metzinger. They will think about the similarities and differences between the work of the different artists, looking at the colours, painting styles, settings, and times of day. They will make paintings, drawings, and mosaic art, inspired by the three artists.
In the Summer Term the children will be introduced to six sculptors: Marc Quinn, Michelle Reader, Barbara Hepworth, Jill Townsley, Brendan Jamison and Eva Rothschild. Children will make their own sculptures using a range of unusual materials: bread, recycled materials, boxes, plastic spoons, sugar cubes, and marshmallows. Children will learn about figurative and abstract sculptures, and think about shapes and materials.
The school holds an annual art day where the children create works of art. The theme for Art Day is chosen by the school’s council.
Children have the opportunity to share work from home through home-learning projects. All children are encouraged to create a piece of art, 3D or 2D to support their year group topic. The projects are then displayed in the hall for friends and family to see.