Art at Pucklechurch
At Pucklechurch Primary, we value Art and Design as an important part of the children’s entitlement to a broad and rich curriculum. Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. A high-quality art and design education should 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 a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation. We are passionate about creating projects to nurture the creative imagination and encourage all pupils from Reception through to Year 6, to experiment, explore and take risks through a variety of different medias.
The national curriculum for art and design aims to ensure that all pupils:
- Produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences
- Become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques
- Evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design
- Know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.
The teaching and implementation of the Art and Design Curriculum is based on the National Curriculum and linked to topics to ensure a well-structured approach to this creative subject. We learn about local artist Bansky and Kandinsky, Degas, Van Gough and Anthony Gormley. At Pucklechurch, we have a specialist art room which the children use to complete a range of art projects. We value the traditional skills of observational drawing and teach pupils an awareness of line, scale, pattern, shape, colour, tone and texture. Pupils are taught specific drawing skills and also guided to investigate using a variety of different media, such as clay, paint, textiles, charcoal, collage, printing and photography.
We have a range of art days which incorporate cross curriculum themes. We have a maths/art day where the pupils make flags, painted symetrical insects and made tesselation patterns. We also have an alliance project; recently every child in all 5 schools made a clay heart, they were then bought together and created into different arrangements; we made a rainbow heart, the ingnite logo and a rainbow. It was to represent the schools coming together during lockdown. This was based on Anthony Gormleys' clay figures.
We have a Creative Crew who select an 'Artist of the Term' based on the skills they have demonstrated and the progress that has been made. The 'Artist of the Term' will have their art work displayed in the school hall and the parents will be invited in to see it.
Early Years Foundation Stage
Pupils explore and use a variety of media and materials through a combination of child initiated and adult directed activities. They have opportunities to learn to:
- Explore the textures, movement, feel and look of different media and materials
- Respond to a range of media and materials, develop their understanding of them in order to manipulate and create different effects.
- Use different media and materials to express their own ideas
- Explore colour and use for a particular purpose
- Develop skills to use simple tools and techniques competently and appropriately
- Select appropriate media and techniques and adapt their work where necessary
Key stage 1
Pupils 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
- To develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space
- 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.
Key stage 2
Pupils are taught to develop their techniques, including their control and their use of materials, with creativity, experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design.
Pupils are taught:
- To create sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas
- To improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials [for example, pencil, charcoal, paint, clay]
- About great artists, architects and designers in history.
By the end of their time at school learners will be competent in using the formal elements: line, shape, form, tone, texture, pattern, colour and composition. They will have learnt a variety of painting, printing, sculpting, drawing and mixed media techniques and be in the process of developing their personal style. Learners will have an overview and be able to make reference to art history including art movements and how you can visually distinguish them and have knowledge on how the current social culture and major events that the movement was shaped around. Learners will be able to conduct an analysis of artwork and articulate an understanding of how the formal elements have been used. They will be able to self-evaluate their own or their peers’ end pieces against its strengths and weaknesses, then offer ways to improve. We value the importance art has on pupils well - being and a sense of calm, we often listen to music when we are creating.
Please take a look at our 3D art gallery: