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 But, Lord, you are our father. We are like clay, and you are the potter. Your hands made us all. Isaiah 64:8

 

Art at Whitegate CE Primary School

At Whitegate CE Primary School, a visual, tactile and creative approach to learning is central to our philosophy of nurturing the children’s restless curiosity in the world, to prepare them for ‘life in all its fullness’. Through a growing awareness of a wide variety of forms of expression, children are encourage to develop the resilience to explore exciting challenges in creative and imaginative ways.  It is our belief that young children explore the world as a visual, tactile and sensory experience; through developing their understanding, and restless curiosity about the world in which they live, they are increasingly able to communicate what they see, feel and think. 

During their time at Whitegate, children will have the opportunity to work both independently and cooperatively in a range of media, at different scale, and in both 2d and 3D forms.

Through the use of colour, texture, form, pattern and different materials and processes, children become involved in shaping their environments through art and design activities. They learn to make informed judgements, aesthetic and practical decisions, exploring ideas and meanings through observing and engaging with the work of artists and designers. Through learning about the roles and functions of art, they can explore the impact it has had on contemporary life and that of different times and cultures. The appreciation and enjoyment of the visual arts enriches all our lives and supports children in developing an appreciation of some of the highest forms of human creativity in order to prepare them ‘for life in all its fullness’.

 

The aims of teaching art in our school are:

  • To record from first-hand experience and from imagination, and to select their own ideas to use in their work;
  • To develop creativity and imagination through a range of complex activities;
  • To improve the children’s ability to control materials, tools and techniques;
  • To increase their critical awareness of the roles and purposes of art and design in different times and cultures;
  • To develop increasing confidence in the use of visual and tactile elements and materials;
  • To foster an enjoyment and appreciation of the visual arts and a knowledge of artists, craftspeople and designers;
  • To enable children to enjoy works of art from first and second hand resources.

 

Our Art year group curriculum overview:

 

 

Our school delivers the art curriculum through topic areas and discrete lessons.  We have a range of resources to enable us.  In Foundation Stage, children explore art through a variety of stimulus and media. It is delivered as part of taught sessions and available to the children as part of their continuous provision.

 

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Maple
Year 1

Driver – Land and Sea

Focus – Digital media, Collage

Artist – Andy Goldsworthy (Land Art)

 

Artists study – Andy Goldsworthy land art using natural materials

 

Collage – Natural art collage

 

Digital Media – create contrasting images of land and sea

 

Driver – Fairy tales

Focus - Textiles

 

Textiles – create a rags to riches dress for Cinderella by weaving different fabrics

 

Driver – Toys

Focus – Drawing, Painting

Artist – Andy Warhol (Pop Art)

 

Artist Study – Andy Warhol

 

Drawing – still life range of toys draw, photocopy drawing and use different media to colour including coloured pencils and pastels

 

Painting – Use thick and thin brushes as needed and colour mix primary colours. Final piece could be pop art inspired

Elm
Year 2 

Driver – London

Focus – Collage, Drawing

 

Drawing – mark making to create patterns and textures. Apply to creating cityscape of London.

 

Collage – Mix materials to create fiery scene of London burning including black paper for wooden beams or building silhouettes.

Driver – Africa

Focus – Printing, Textiles

Artist – Bisa Butler (Contemporary textile artist)

 

Printing – press print bold African designs

 

Textiles – Using batik to create original African patterns and designs.

 

Driver – Seaside

Focus – Painting, Collage

Artist – Van Gogh (Post-Impressionism)

 

Artists study – Van Gogh thick paint, textured painting, seaside art

 

Collage – texture art using Van Gogh piece.

 

Painting – colour mixing creating a colour wheel

- adding black and white to create tints and tones

- create seaside scene using blues and yellows either as a whole class or individual piece.

 

Or

 

Artist study – Georges Seurat (Neo-Impressionism)

 

Painting - colour mixing creating a colour wheel

- adding black and white to create tints and tones

- create own pointillism painting inspired by Georges Seurat.

 

Beech
Year 3

Driver – Stone Age to Iron Age

Focus – Drawing, Sculpture

Artist - Banksy

 

Drawing  - Cave art mark making with different medias

- Celtic art drawing and shading skills

 

Sculpture – Clay pots inspired by the Beaker People (Bronze Age)

Driver – Egyptians

Focus – Collage, Printing, Textiles

 

Pharaoh portrait using mixed media paint and collage

 

Press print hieroglyphics to write names to create a cartouche

 

Textiles through DT focus, hieroglyphic intial using materials and stitches.

 

Driver - South America

Focus – Drawing, Painting

Artist – Henri Rousseau (Post-Impressionism)

 

Artist study – Henri Rousseau

Drawing – still life drawings of leaves and plants in the environment

 

Painting – colour mixing and paint techniques to create rainforest art 

Cedar

Year 4

Driver - Industrial Revolution

Focus – Drawing

Artist – Lowry (Naïve Art)

 

Artist study – Lowry industrial Britain.

 

Drawing - Mark making, buildings and matchstick people.

 

Driver – Romans

Focus – Collage, Digital media

 

Collage – Roman mosaics

 

Digital media – create digital media depicting Roman art including sculpture, mosaic and painting.

Driver - Anglo Saxons and Vikings

Focus – Printing

Artist – Escher (Modern Art)

 

Art study – Escher, graphic artists link to maths and tessellation

 

Printing – make shapes to create repeating pattern, tessellation (maths link) to make Viking shields or Anglo Saxon Brooches

Willow

Year 5

Driver - Slavery

Focus – Textiles, Painting

 

Painting – Sketch then paint designs for freedom quits, selecting appropriate colours

 

Textiles – Freedom quilts

 

 

Driver - Greeks

Focus – Drawing, Sculpture

 

Drawing – People, form, shape proportion, movement

 

Sculpture – Greek vases adding on forms and shapes applying understanding from drawing lessons

 

 

Driver - The Tudors

Focus – Drawing,

Artist – da Vinci, Bosch, Archimboldo (Renaissance)

 

Artist Study -  da Vinci, Bosch, Archimboldo (1 or all)

Drawing – Portraits

 

 

 

Oak

Year 6

Driver - Ancient Civilisations

Focus – Painting

Art – Mayan Art

 

Art study – Mayan Art including sculpture, frescoes, masks, weaving

 

Painting – Frescoes

 

 

Driver - Vale Royal Abbey

Focus – Collage

 

Collage – create a ceramic mosaic of the ship, the Abbey, king. Individual drawings leading to whole class piece. 

 

Driver - WW2 conflict

Focus- Drawing, Digital Media

Artist – Henry Moore (Modern Art)

 

Artists Study – Henry Moore bomb shelters

 

Drawing – Figures, bomb shelters inspired by Henry Moore.

 

Digital Media – Propaganda posters

 

 

 

 

 

Websites we recommend to explore:
BBC Teach:  https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/ks1-art-and-design/zftyd6f and https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/ks2-art-and-design/zd4jscw 

BBC Bitesize: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/z8tnvcw 

 

If you have any questions about our Art curriculum, please contact Mrs Savage (subject lead) on  sendco@whitegate.cheshire.sch.uk
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