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Westover Green Community School and Autism Centre

Art and Design

INTENT

At Westover Green, we believe that everyone has the potential to be an artist and all pupils experience producing creative and imaginative work. It is important that children have the opportunity to explore their ideas and record their experiences, as well as exploring the work of others and evaluating different creative ideas. Children will become confident and proficient in a variety of techniques including drawing, painting, sculpting, as well as other selected craft skills e.g. collage, printing, weaving and patterns.

Children will develop their knowledge of famous artists, designers and craft makers. All children will develop their interest and curiosity about art and design through a series of lessons offering skills and knowledge progression. The lessons will offer the chance for children to develop their emotional expression through art to further enhance their personal, social and emotional development.

IMPLEMENTATION

Children’s discovery of the world of art and design begins in the Early Years where they are provided with daily opportunities to freely express themselves with a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function. All children are encouraged to be imaginative and to use the resources to represent their own ideas, thoughts and feelings in original ways through art and design.

Sketchbooks – all children form years 1 – 6 have their own sketchbook. They have time to make their sketchbook their own by decorating it. Sketchbooks are where children build their skills and knowledge and are used as reference points for future work. Teachers also have a sketchbook and use these to expertly model art skills.

In Key Stage 1 and 2 we teach art as a sequence of lessons which follow the structure of:

Hook: This is where we ‘hook’ the children in. This could range from using a short film, an activity in the forest school area, a school trip, an art competition or a book or poem.

Artist Research: In this session children find out about the life and works of a range of artists, designers, craft makers and architects. Children are exposed to a range of artists from across the globe both present day and from history. We believe it is important for children to see themselves as artists.

Materials and Developing Skills: In these sessions, children find out about the materials they will be using to create their artwork. They also explore with mediums selected and develop skills such as sketching, painting and sculpture.

Plan: In this session children begin to express themselves through their own ideas, taking in the works of artists studied and creating a plan.

Create: Children are given plenty of time to create their final piece and are encouraged to use their own original ideas and those of studied artists, sculptures architects and craftspeople.

Evaluate: In this session, children are encouraged to reflect on their own and the work of others.

IMPACT

At Westover, art and design learning is enjoyed by teachers and pupils across the school and leads pupils to become enthusiastic artists and designers. Children develop and progress in their art and design skills and build vocabulary to enable them to discuss artwork in more depth. Children become more confident in analysing their work and giving their opinion on their own and other works of art. Children show competences in improving their resilience and perseverance by continually evaluating and improving their work. All children in school can speak confidently about their art and design work and their skills. Art and design develops self-esteem and self-expression.

USE OF SKETCH BOOKS