Our Lady of Grace Catholic Infant School

Our Lady of Grace Catholic Infant School

Art and Design

At Our Lady of Grace Catholic Infant School, the Art and Design Curriculum intends to 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 more rigorous understanding of art and design in order to evaluate and adapt their creations based on emotion, meaning and technique. It is our intention that pupils identify art, craft and design as a form of expression and creativity; an opportunity to express and celebrate difference; a reflection of character, opinion and emotion.

Pupils learn how art and design both reflect and shape our history, contributing to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation. Pupils are inspired through the study of innovative and boundary pushing artists, with each year group studying significant artists.

 It is crucial that Art and Design is recognised as a subject of its own.  Children are 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. They are provided with opportunities to develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space. The children learn 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.

 As children progress through the Art and Design Curriculum, explicit links and connections are made to support pupils to continually build upon the knowledge and skills they have accumulated in previous year groups.

The units of Art and Design are organised so that pupils are building on their knowledge and skills of drawing and painting in each year group and are building on their knowledge and skills of sculpture.

The children’s knowledge and understanding between units is applied through the revisiting and application of the formal elements of art

Children are provided with opportunities to study the work of artists in detail for example Lowry and Joan Miro. Artists are selected because their work is a powerful example of that art form. Following a detailed understanding of the artist’s work, pupils are provided with the opportunity to imitate part of the work and practise the skills and techniques used by the artist. This ensures that pupils build in confidence before and when creating their own pieces.

EYFS: The children begin to develop and nurture life skills through experimenting, inventing and creating art. The children will have the opportunity to express their life experiences, and still-life observations, through drawings of their time in and out of school. They will create marks and mixing colour on paper using different tools: brushes, fingers, roller etc. They will experiment with different materials to explore texture and pattern to represent something from their topic for example ‘Did dragons exist?’ where the children use a range of materials to create the look of dragon eggs.

KS1: The pupils will have the opportunity to communicate something about themselves in their drawing through self-portraits and explore moods within their own drawings. Pupils will discuss and describe what they see and like in the work of another artist for example Jackson Pollock.  Pupils will learn to use wash and mix/match colours and predict outcomes. Pupils will have the opportunities to create a repeating pattern. They will learn to use the elements of art – colour, tone, form, line, shape, space, texture and value. Pupils will be encouraged to discuss and evaluate their own and others’ creations. They will learn to make contextual links, foster the use of technical art vocabulary and provides meaningful inspiration.