At St Stephens we deliver a creative curriculum that holds a great emphasis on the importance of Art and Design. It enables children to express themselves in a creative, imaginative manner and through exploration. We intend to teach the children a skills based curriculum which is built upon year on year. Through our teaching of Art and Design we aim to enable children to think critically about the Art and Design of others and themselves.We aim for children to work alongside local makers and Artists to ensure that they can see the links between their own Art education and the possibilities for their future.
In EYFS and Key Stage 1 pupils should be 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.
In Key stage 2 Pupils should be 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 should be 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.
All pupils should be able to evaluate, analyse and think critically about various Art forms from a variety of Artists.
Children will become creative learners, who have a web of knowledge about a range of artists and their impact on the world . Creativity and uniqueness will be celebrated and children will become astute at editing and improving the pieces they have created. As teachers, there will be an emphasis placed on individuality and children will be given the freedom to explore art using their imaginations. Children will have embedded the key art and design skills needed to allow them to produce inventive pieces of art which support their thematic learning.
The Subject Leader for Art is Mrs A Bassett.