Find out how we teach Art at Alexandra Primary School.
Art at Alexandra Primary School
Alexandra Primary School is committed to the Creative Arts. In order to ensure that we teach the Creative Arts, including Art, to our best ability, we have signed up to the Artsmark. This is the creative quality standard for schools and is accredited by the Arts Council England.
As part of our Artsmark journey, we have created a Creative Arts Action Plan which identifies how to ensure that we plan, develop and evaluate our arts, culture and creativity across the curriculum in a coherent and consistent way.
What we teach?
Key stage 1
Our 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.
Our pupils are taught to:
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.
How and when?
All classes from Year 1 – Year 6 study Art and Design Technology (DT); usually, one half term focuses Art and one half term focuses on DT. Our Art usually links to the work we are doing in other parts of the curriculum, particularly in Humanities.
Art Ambassadors at Alexandra
We have now appointed Art Ambassadors at our school and here they are – seven children from Year 6. Their first role was to have input into what they study in the their last term at the school. Ms Kennedy, our Creative Arts Lead, met with them yesterday to discuss:
– what they have enjoyed doing in art at school and what work they are proudest of;
– what they would like to do more of in their last term at school;
– any ideas for what else we could do for art in the school.
They had a great discussion and ended up steering their art learning in the summer to exploring sketching of figures and landscapes, working on sculpture using clay and also exploring technological ways of creating art. We are looking forward to seeing what their art work will be like.