At Harlands, we foster children’s development of art through our Golden Threads of creativity, community and choice. This ethos ensures that our young people will take a positive view of art, and will be able to access the material to cultivate powerful skills and knowledge of the subject. By the time they leave the school, pupils will be able to meet their aspirations of expressing and empowering themselves through art, becoming critical thinkers and appreciating the world around us.
Art at Harlands aims to excite and inspire children through a wide range of interactive and fun learning experiences, so that they can:
- explore and experiment with their original ideas;
- think creatively, using a variety of strategies;
- take risks and feel confident to do so in a supportive environment;
- reflect on their learning and create work of high quality;
- transfer skills they have learnt into everyday situations;
- have an understanding of how art both reflects and shapes our history, and contributes to our modern day cultures and societies;
- develop a respect for different art forms and begin to understand the possible deeper meanings behind some pieces of art work.
At Harlands there is a progressive curriculum that covers the five strands of art learning – namely drawing, painting, print-making, textiles and sculpture – for children to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination.
The teaching of art at Harlands takes a cross-curricular approach and is about experimenting, developing skills, studying the work of other artists and enjoying working with a range of different media and materials to achieve different effects.
At Harlands, we use Rosenshine’s Principles of Instruction to challenge and inspire our pupils through targeted questioning, guided practice, and regular review.
In Early Years, children’s interest in art is ignited in ‘expressive arts and design’ – through using different media and materials to discover their properties, modifying and manipulating them. Children are encouraged to be imaginative – building on their experiences of the real world and transforming them into something new. In Early Years, Art helps children to be creative. They are also encouraged to choose and use materials and resources in an open-ended way helps them to make choices and to have confidence in their own ideas.
Key Stage 1 children are taught to:
- use a range of materials creatively to design and make products;
- develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space; and
- learn 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 children are taught to:
- develop their techniques, including control and use of materials, with creativity, experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design;
- create sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas;
- improve mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials (for example, pencil, charcoal, paint, clay); and
- learn about great artists, architects and designers in history.
Differentiation and challenge in Art are facilitated through outcome.
Children evaluate this work against the objectives of the lessons and decide where their learning will go next. Teachers have high expectations of all children, and use a skills continuum to plan and assess progress.
At Harlands we also have either an annual Arts Week based upon the National Gallery ‘Take One Picture’ project or a theme of our choice. Work produce is exhibited for all parents and carers to celebrate the achievements by the children.
- be creative and express themselves through art;
- appreciate a range of art and artists;
- enjoy and appreciate art;
- have a knowledge of art history;
- explore cultures through art;
- describe the world around them describing things in terms of form, tone and colour; and
- have confidence to explore art now and in the future.
Other Useful Resources
- National Gallery - Take One Picture www.nationalgallery.org.uk/take-one-picture
- Tate Gallery – children who are interested in art hugely benefit from opportunities to see other people’s art work, therefore visits to museums and art galleries are a great way to inspire them further www.tate.org.uk/visit/tate-modern
- Red Ted Art - fun, easy and "do-able" crafts for kids and grown-ups using every day materials, making DIY a great activity to do together www.redtedart.com
- The Imagination Tree - hundreds of ideas for creative play and learning with young kids - from an experienced teacher and mum theimaginationtree.com
- Artful Parent - the parent's resource for easy and fun kid’s art, family crafts, children’s creativity, and process-oriented kid’s arts and crafts activities www.artfulparent.com
- Art Access - fun tutorial for parents, children and teachers at this UK charity www.accessart.org.uk