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Art and Design at Pittington

Spring Term 2021

Nursery

The Nursery children have enjoyed using paint in different ways.  They have painted pictures of bears using different sized brushes and used brushes to splatter paint to make their Easter cards.  The children were introduced to powder paint and enjoyed experimenting with mixing different colours.  We talked about both primary and secondary colours as well as looking at paint charts together. 

During our work about ‘The Three Little Pigs’ we made houses using different materials such as straw and sticks.  We talked about the different textures of these materials.  During our work about the seasons we used pastels to make an observational drawing of some daffodils. The children enjoyed exploring and soon found that they could easily smudge the pastel colours.

 

Reception

Colours in the snow!

We have been experimenting with colours in the snow.

The children used their knowledge of colour mixing with paint to predict what would happen.  We added blue and red food colouring together which made purple coloured snow! We then used yellow and blue which turned the snow green.  Francesca said, “If you mix red and white together it makes pink!” so we also tried this.

We added red food colouring to the white snow to see if it would make pink. We discovered that the snow stayed red although it got paler when we added more snow. BUT if we were using paint (instead of snow) then white and red mixed together would certainly make PINK!

Plasticine

The children have been exploring and manipulating plasticine to create new effects.  They have been experimenting with position, form, and texture by squashing, rolling and imprinting.

Drawing what you can see!

We have been looking at observational drawings and drawing what the eyes can see rather than we think an object should look like. 

Year 1

In the first half of the Spring term the year 1 children were learning all about the French Artist Paul Cezanne. He specialised in still life and using light to make his paintings more interesting. In this unit we practised drawing different types of fruits and looked at proportion and size. We then used shiny fruits like tomatoes and oranges set up with a spot lamp to show a clear light source. We then drew the two fruits and used white paint to show exactly where the light was shiny on the fruit. We briefly looked at collage and used small squares of card in different colours to build up our fruit bowl concentrating on size. For our final piece of work we used a full fruit bowl of all the fruits we had worked with and pastels to create a still life picture. We used the skill of smudging to show the direction of where the light was coming from. We were very proud of our finished pictures.

The children at home during lockdown were also able to join in with our art unit and below is an example of a teaching video Mrs Rowell sent home when we completed our final piece using pastels. In the first half of the Spring term the year 1 children were learning all about the French Artist Paul Cezanne. He specialised in still life and using light to make his paintings more interesting. In this unit we practiced drawing different types of fruits and looked at proportion and size. We then used shiny fruits like tomatoes and oranges set up with a spot lamp to show a clear light source. We then drew the two fruits and used white paint to show exactly where the light was shiny on the fruit. We briefly looked at collage and used small squares of card in different colours to build up our fruit bowl concentrating on size. For our final piece of work we used a full fruit bowl of all the fruits we had worked with and pastels to create a still life picture. We used the skill of smudging to show the direction of where the light was coming from. We were very proud of our finished pictures.

The children at home during lockdown were also able to join in with our art unit and below is an pastels.

During this half term, our spotlight artist has been JMW Turner. We have researched his life and works and studied his romanticism style of art.

We have been learning about warm and cool colours and have thought about how they reflect our mood and feelings.

We have worked with water colours, practising our skills whilst using thick and thin brushstrokes. We used the painting 'Norham Castle, sunrise' as inspiration to create our own sunrise picture.

 

Year 2

Year 2 have been inspired by the work of Georgia O’Keefe this term. The children both at home and in the classroom have learned about her life, her work and some of the techniques she used.

The children have sketched a range of different flowers looking closely at line, shape and detail. They have used wax crayons, poster paints and water colours to explore colour and texture in their work.

 

They have photographed flowers closely mirroring the work of O’Keefe by filling the page with close up shots using an ipad.

 

In our work on sculpture we made our own playdough and made flowers from our imaginations. We looked at the work of artist Marc Quinn, particularly his flower sculptures made from metal. We experimented with aluminium foil and made our own flower sculptures – although not quite to the scale of Marc Quinn’s work!

The snow this term presented us with a blank canvas so we talked about the work of street artists and the scale at which they can work. We had lots of fun filling spray bottles with food colouring and water and created our own masterpieces using all of our observation work on flowers and the work of the artists studied. 

 

Year 3

Every few weeks during the first two months of this half term, the year 3 children who were home learning received activities that helped them to continue accessing the art curriculum.  The children both at home and in the classroom explored the animals of Bonheur’s paintings and inspired by recent examples of dog drawings were encouraged to observe their pets and draw them.

Some children then used their artwork to create a collage. In the weeks that children returned to the classroom we considered the textures that they would need to be able to recreate a whole class collage of a giraffe. 



 Then we focussed on the Russian artist Wassily Kandinsky, learned more about two of his paintings that incorporated rainbows and have the intention just before the Easter break to re-create a yellow, red and blue circles painting in his style, with geometric shapes and bright colours.

 

Year 4

Year 4 have been studying the work of artist Robert McCall who was famed for his huge space murals depicting futuristic worlds. The class worked on their sketching skills, annotating them with notes. They also experimented with cross hatching shading to show light and shadow. They finally created their futuristic visions on canvas using bright vibrant colours reflecting McCall’s view that space was an optimistic place full of bright possibilities.

 

Year 5

In art in Year 5 we have continued to enjoy our progression through our new art curriculum. We have experienced the focus areas of ‘Amazed by Architecture’ and ‘Capturing Conflict’. Through our use of the out online learning platform, these topic opportunities have been provided for home learners as well as those who have been learning in school through the lockdown period. This has included the use online video which was recorded in the classroom.

We were all truly ‘Amazed by Architecture’ and some of the discussions by the class about Zaha Hadid’s work have been engaging and inspiring. The children were really enthused by the subject matter and work of this architect. We were able to explore a range of her work, identifying elements of style and forming our own opinions upon them. We explored architectural sketching and this ended in a commission to design either a new school, football stadium or equestrian centre for Pittington .The children created their designs and were then asked to create model structures of them just like actual architects. If we are ever in a position of building a new school then we have some super ideas at the ready – take note Mrs Lee and school governors.

More recently, we have been inspired by the intriguing war art of Paul Nash. We have explored his work, making links to our earlier art focus of surrealism, and have begun forming our own ideas for a piece of work about either the Blitz or evacuation.

Year 6

During the first half of the Spring Term, Year 5 looked at the work of El Greco. We researched his paintings and discovered that he used to paint figures with elongated faces. We experimented with this style.

We choose people who inspired us and drew their portrait. We then sliced the portrait up into three sections and glued them down on paper leaving distinct gaps between each section. We then completed the portrait by filling in the spaces between each of the section to create El Greco inspired paintings.

We then explored the concept of Realism and focussed on the work of Gustave Courbet. We experimented with showing emotions through images using a range of media: pastels, watercolours and charcoal.

Autumn Term 2020

Art and Design in the Early Years

Nursery

During our learning about Autumn and Harvest the children became interested in the colours and patterns of the leaves that they found.  We talked about art in nature and the different colours and patterns that you can find.  We looked at the work of Andy Goldsworthy and tried to create some natural art like him in the garden.  On our Autumn walk on the field we collected fallen leaves and then used these to make a leaf hedgehog.  We talked about how to choose and stick the leaves so that they looked like the hedgehogs spines.  We have also been experimenting with paint using different colours and different sized brushes.  We enjoyed doing an observational painting of some fruits and vegetables.  The children have also been keen cut and stick and explore collage art.  They have made collage dresses to coincide with our book ’10,000 Dresses’ and talked about texture when using fur material to make a bear inspired by the book  ‘We’re Going On a Bear Hunt’.

Reception

We have been researching African landscapes and art work.  We looked closely at the detail on African leaf pictures that have been made using banana leaves…we attempted our own! 

 

We have been exploring colour mixing, printing, cutting, sticking and joining when using the art room to create and design. 

Art and Design in Key stage 1

Year 1

The children in Year 1 focussed on the work of Claude Monet, who painted using thick paint and used quick, often messy, brushstrokes. The children looked at how Monet used thick dabs and blobs of paint. They created seaside paintings and used tints to make different shades of blue to paint the waves. Year 1 children experimented with thick paint to create their own canvas work inspired by Claude Monet’s painting ‘Poppy Fields.’

In the second half of the term, the children enjoyed exploring the work of Henri Rousseau. They created leaf prints using different shaped leaves and hand prints. They also worked on their skills and sketched tigers, which were inspired by the painting Tiger in a tropical storm.

Year 2

In art this term we have been looking at how light and shade is used in paintings. We have learned to create a dark wash background and experimented with spraying light coloured paint to create the effect of stars in a night sky. We have flicked and dripped paint to create a splattering of light on a dark background and added pattern and texture by adding dots and lines with different sized brushes.

We have analysed the painting ‘Starry Night’ by Van Gough and recreated explosions of colour contrasting dark and light colours using paint and pastels.

We have recapped our knowledge of primary colours from year 1 and created colour wheels by mixing primary colours to produce secondary colours.

In the second half of the autumn term we looked at landscape artists. We compared the landscape paintings of John Constable with John Ndambo. We created our own African Landscapes using pastels.

Art & Design in Key Stage 2

Year 3

Year 3 would like to share with you examples of art, both finished pieces and when we’ve been practising to improve skills learned in key stage 1.

When comparing Leonardo Da Vinci and LS Lowry we learnt that examples of Da Vinci’s artwork can be seen in museums and art galleries in this country, especially his sketches. Lowry’s art showed life in the region of England where he grew up and lived. Both artists painted portraits, but their techniques differed from realism with softened features to bold outlines of forward-facing people.

We have used their techniques by using pastels for the sfumato effect and acrylic paint that can be picked at to create texture. Hopefully, we will complete a whole class interpretation of Lowry’s painting named ‘Coming from the Mill’.

Year 4

Children in Year 4 have focussed on symbolism, in particular, The Scream by Edvard Munch. They explored the use of paint in flowing lines to express their own thoughts and emotions. The children created their own version of The Scream using the same open brush strokes as Munch. They also worked with pastels, paying particular attention to their blending and layering skills.

In the second half of the term, the children have been inspired by Art Deco, they researched art deco over the years and evaluated the designs of buildings, jewellery and paintings. The children have looked at 3d effects and created posters inspired by art deco. They designed their own Art Deco pattern, which they then painted onto a ceramic tile.

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Year 5

In art in Year 5 we have explored the focus areas of surrealism and pop art. This has included competing artist studies on both Pablo Picasso and Andy Warhol. With surrealism, we explored the use of imagery in the artwork and how dark colours for the backgrounds help to draw attention to bright foregrounds. With pop art, we have explored tertiary colours and have used popular images and logos to inspire our painting and printing.

 

Year 6

For Y6, the first half of the Autumn Term was spent leaning about art in fashion and how Mondrian’s designs inspired Yves St Lauren in the 1960s, so we designed our own fashion item in a similar style.

 

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We also studied abstract art and took a topical image and made it into a Mondrian style painting.

 

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In the second half of the Autumn Term, we studied Futurism art. We recreated Balla’s ‘Street Light’ painting using the divisionism technique.

 

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We then made sculptures to reflect dynamism inspired by Boccioni’s ‘Unique Forms of Continuity in Space’ sculpture.

 

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Spring Term 2020

Art and Design in the Early Years 

Nursery

The children have been focusing on traditional tales and have created some artwork based around ‘The Three Little Pigs’ and ‘The Three Billy Goats Gruff’.  We looked at different materials and shapes which could make the pigs’ houses and then experimenting with designing and making our own house pictures using collage, straw and paint effects.  We also used some goat outlines and explored using different textures and patterns to create our own goat designs.  We particularly enjoyed using fur, patterned wallpaper and dot patterns.  We all created our own goats and then talked about our artwork during group time. 

We have also been looking at the season of spring.  The children looked for signs of spring in the Nursery garden.  We talked about spring flowers such as daffodils and tulips.  We had some spring flowers in Nursery and looked at them carefully with magnifying glasses, we named parts of the flowers and then painted them.  We tried to include the stem, petals and leaves in our paintings.

 

Reception

We have been using art to support our learning in all areas.

We have looked closely at non-fiction books and on-line photographs of animals in the world around us. The children have created observational drawings of animals that interest them. We have explored colour and sketching techniques to make our drawings as realistic as possible.

We have also been looking at shape art to support our learning in mathematics. We have used two dimensional and three dimensional shapes in a range of ways to make artistic models and sculptures.

Art and Design in Key Stage 1

Year 1

Throughout the Spring Term we have been exploring different artists. We have looked at how they can specialise in a different areas, for example, Andy Goldsworthy. Andy uses natural materials to create his pieces of art, which include sculptures and land art. Andy Goldsworthy has been a favourite with the children and they have loved creating their own art with natural materials both in school and at home.

Year 2

During the first half of the term in year 2, we studied the work of the artist and sculptor Alexander Calder. We sketched our own animals, using a backwards and forwards sketching technique, then traced them, using a single line sketch. We then created flat wire sculptures of the animals. We also enjoyed using watercolours to create a silhouette effect of our animals in their natural habitats.

 During the second half of the term we focussed on one particular sculpture, ‘The angel of the North' created by Sir Antony Gormley. We learned how he used a cast of his own body to create the angel. We created our own pictures of the angel using pastels and learned how to layer and blend, using the pastels and our finger as a tool. We also enjoyed sketching the angel.

We are looking forward to creating a whole class sculpture using clay, inspired by Antony Gormley's The Field.

Art and Design in Key Stage 2

Year 3

In year 3 the children researched the artwork from Norman Cornish, the architect Daniel Libeskind and designer James Dyson.  In our sketchbooks we improved our skills at using the complete page with multiple sketches rather than one single drawing per page.  We researched the sketchbook of Axel Scheffler who was the illustrator for the Julia Donaldson's Gruffalo books to help improve our confidence to practise our skills on a single sheet without starting all over again or turning to a new page.

The children also looked carefully at leaves and produced observational drawings using pastels.

Year 4

In art in Year 4 we have explored the focus area of steampunk robots. This has included looking how to develop clear lines within our sketching and observational drawings of machine parts. We have also looked to design our own robots in the steampunk style and created artwork which features them.

Year 5

Our art work this term has been inspired by our class reader ‘Journey to the River Sea’ and our Geography work on South America. In collage we looked carefully at the shapes and colours of plants and their leaves in the Amazon Rainforest. We sketched outline shapes, did wax rubbings of leaves in our environment and explored mixing different shades of green with paint.

We also looked at animals living in The Amazon Rainforest and massively improved our drawing through careful observation and watching video clips with instructions and visual demonstrations. Our sketchbooks clearly show progression over time as well as rapid progression within one lesson – take a look at this example within 1 lesson of how someone in our class improved in their work on a red eyed tree frog – amazing!

As an introduction to symmetry in maths we made Blue Morpho Butterflies with paint and folding paper. We then looked at the details on the wings and sketched the lines, adding areas of light and shade with coloured pencils. Our next step in sculpture was to create Blue Morpho sculptures in clay – school closed but the children were each given some clay to take home and continue this during home learning. I look forward to seeing the results!

We also looked at drawing from different perspectives and chose a toucan as the subject for this. We then experimented with showing motion and drawing birds in flight, then combined this with our work on toucans to show them flying through the sky.

We then put all of our learning together to create large scale pieces of art work showcasing all of our new skills. Well done year 5 I feel like we’ve been to the Amazon Rainforest this term!

Year 6

In Art this term, Y6 have focussed on activism art, in particular the works of artist Frank Shepard Fairey, who is an activism artist and also has his own clothing range.

We created our own activism posters which focussed on environmental issues, animal rights, LGBT, equality and many other issues.

               

Whilst reflecting on our own beliefs and values we then went on to draw self- portraits. We learned how to proportion the face and use different shading and smudging techniques to create a realistic portrait of ourselves. We then placed tracing paper over our self -portrait and created some vibrant pointillism self- portraits.

As a class we feel strongly about using art to express ourselves and decided to create Tie dye clothes using our own designs. We used different techniques such as folding, swirling, and marbling to create the most amazing t shirts!

In January we were invited to Belmont Community School to experience an art lesson. We worked collaboratively to produce a piece of work by experimenting and exploring a range of mark making techniques.

Y6 wrote to a local artist, Jenny Ulyatt to invite her in to impart her water colour expertise upon us. We had a fabulous time and learnt a lot.

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.

Autumn Term 2019

This academic year we began our new art curriculum designed by Mrs McMahon, art coordinator.  This term was all about colour for every year group and developing skills so that children can build upon them each year and apply them to other projects in the spring and summer terms to follow.  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 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.  The art areas in in the EYFS are always accessible and children are able to select materials they need independently.

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 have been exploring colour through a range of resources such as paint, pastels and chalk. We have learnt the primary and secondary colours and now know why they are primary and secondary.

The children have created lots of pieces of art work to share in school and at home with family. We have explored a wide range of expression through art including drawing, printing, painting and collage

Year 2 have been studying the work of Paul Klee and learning about warm and cold colours 

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 have been learning more about the primary, secondary and tertiary colours of the colour wheel.  Then we explored the term ‘colour harmony’.  To help we used those free sample charts for paint colours/  We viewed the same painting both in colour and as black & white to evaluate the effect created

by the colour palette chosen.

We also explored the use of colour and silhouette for our Lumiere art installation and Christmas Fair product.

Year 4

Within Art in Year 4 we have the explored the use of tints, shades and tones. We have explored these aspects through work in both paint and pastels. The children have also explored the work of Claude Monet and used their skills to replicate some of the colour aspects within his paintings. They even used their newly developed skills to design and complete a calendar based upon their learning in Art this term. We have even used the corridor outside of our classroom as our very own art gallery.

Year 5

Year 6

In year 6 we have been exploring contrast, in particular light and dark.  We’ve studied works of art by Jackson Pollack, Cornelia Parker and Bridget Riley.  The class have worked a lot on using their sketchbooks to explore an idea rather than create a finished product.  For our Macbeth work in history we studied charcoal and how to make best use of it to create eerie, atmospheric forest scenes filled with turmoil and mystery. The pairs went on to create titles and give an explanation of their work which we hung in the classroom like in an art gallery. 

Spring Term 2019

  

                        

 

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/

Summer 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

Dinner, food and a magazine for me: Theo had made dinner and a cuppa for me to enjoy while I read the magazine. Amelia’s picture: “There’s the sky and it’s blue because it’s raining two suns and it’s raining and the grass is black because it’s raining black rain.” Said Amelia.

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 have been One focus was to use illustrations to help explain science, so we practised observational drawing and the how to use the various grades of pencil graphite.

Year 4

 

Year 5

We designed and made animals that live in the Amazon River in a whole class project.

We explored street art and created our own in the school yard.

Year 6

In year 6 we have been exploring inside/out through clay sculpture.

We collect the still life sketches and designs from the inside of a range of fruit to apply to the outside of a fruit bowl.

Art After school club with Mrs Foster

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.