Art and Design at Pittington

At Pittington, Art and Design forms an important part of the curriculum. We believe art education stimulates creativity and imagination whilst giving each child unique opportunities to develop intellectually, emotionally, physically and socially. Therefore, we believe that it should be taught as an individual subject as well as incorporated into other curriculum lessons. Below you will find an overview of what your child will be expected to learn in each of the Key Stages.   

              

Within the Art & Design curriculum, we explore:

Drawing

Multimedia

Printmaking

Sculpture

Design 

Painting

Collage

Textiles

Sketchbook development

Along with our own planning for topics and themes, we are currently trying out an exemplar curriculum from Access Art:  a creative community to support visual arts teaching and learning.  This website is loaded with plenty of inspirational resources and projects to nurture creativity created by artists.  If you’re interested in recreating any of our lessons back at home then you can access lots of free resources here:

https://www.accessart.org.uk/free-to-access-resources/

Spring Term

Below you will see how Art and Design is taught across each age range in school and some of the wonderful activities the children have been busy with this spring term.

Early Years

Exploring and Using Media and Materials: This is how children experiment with media and materials finding out about their properties and modifying and manipulating them. It includes exploring sounds, patterns, movement and different tools and techniques.The art areas in in the EYFS are always accessible and children are able to  select materials they need independently.

Nursery have been ‘missing’ some colours, so have been trying to mix these colours and observing how they change.  They have also taken the opportunity to create in the snow with squirty bottles filled with paint. Children have explored using their bodies for printing and how paint feels on their skin.

Reception have been making some observational drawings and colour mixing.  They have also been using foil to make sculptures.

Key Stage 1

The children will learn to use a range of different materials creatively to design and make products. They will draw, paint, print and sculpture materials such as clay to develop techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space. Children will use technology to produce images. They will also learn about the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers. All children will use a sketchbook to record ideas and observations.

Year 1 has been working into sketchbooks to explore Pop Art by looking at Superhero action words and creating their own.  To further their exploration into Pop Art, they studied Roy Lichtenstein and created some incredible self-portraits with tracing paper, using his dot technique. They have also looked at a Superhero city skyline using black sugar paper and yellow paper for the windows.

 

Year 2 has creating observational drawings of trees, sticks and leaves using a range of mediums such as pencil, charcoal, paint, ink and pastels.  They explored printing with leaves, pine cones and bark. 

 

For their DT project they created tepee structures which led to weaving with wool, beads and feathers.

Key Stage 2

The children will learn to improve their mastery of art and design techniques by learning specific drawing, painting, printing and sculpture techniques. They will experience using a wider range of materials. Children will use technology to produce images, patterns and decorative pieces of work. They will record their observations and ideas and use them to review and evaluate improvements. They will also learn about great artists, architects and designers in history.

Year 3 has been using their class text (The Butterfly Lion) as a stimulus to learn to draw a lion for use as imagery to support writing.  They have thoroughly enjoyed designing, making and finishing their Greek style clay pots.

Year 4 made line drawings of dragons and used the technique, graffito to create finished dragon images.  For their artist exploration, they looked at style of Seurat to make impressionist inspired work concentrating on paint and colour.  They also explored creating images using pointillism.

Year 5 has been sketching red-eyed tree frog, capturing movement and stillness.They have used watercolours and pastels to add colour to their favourite sketches for display in class.  In their classroom they have been exploring a ‘Create the Amazon River’ project looking at movement of water and the plants and animals that live there.  They created an Amazon rainforest collage work to support literacy story writing – helping to ‘set the scene’ through art.

Year 6 has begun to explore the use of ink in observational painting and creating still life artwork through the use of ink washes. They have produced 3D images of bottles using an ink wash.  Also, a member of Year was selected as the winner of the school parking sign competition and won free signs for the school.

Sketchbooks

Across the school, our classes create and develop sketchbooks.  These books are used for children to record and explore ideas, develop skills, try out new techniques and explore the work of other artists.  Progression in Art and Design is assessed through the pupils’ sketch books, displays and through explorations in lesson time. A level of skill and progression in Art and Design is recorded on the child’s annual report to parents.

   

 

Autumn Term

Early Years

Exploring and Using Media and Materials: This is how children experiment with media and materials finding out about their properties and modifying and manipulating them. It includes exploring sounds, patterns, movement and different tools and techniques. 

 

 

Key Stage 1

The children will learn to use a range of different materials creatively to design and make products. They will draw, paint, print and sculpture materials such as clay to develop techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space. Children will use technology to produce images. They will also learn about the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers. All children will use a sketchbook to record ideas and observations.

Key Stage 2

The children will learn to improve their mastery of art and design techniques by learning specific drawing, painting, printing and sculpture techniques. They will experience using a wider range of materials. Children will use technology to produce images, patterns and decorative pieces of work. They will record their observations and ideas and use them to review and evaluate improvements.  They will also learn about great artists, architects and designers in history.

Progression in art across the school will be assessed through the pupils’ sketch books, which pass with the child to the next year group, displays and photographic evidence. A level of ability and attitude to Art is recorded on the child’s annual report to parents.