Through art and design we want our children to have their creativity and imagination stimulated. We want to provide visual, tactile and sensory experiences that enable the children to foster an understanding of the world around them and enable them to respond to it. To encourage an environment which enables the children to communicate what they see, feel and think through the use of colour, texture, form, pattern and different materials and processes. We want the children to take ownership of shaping their environments through art and design activities. To have the freedom to learn how to make informed judgements, aesthetic and practical decisions. Whilst exploring ideas and meanings through the work of artists, designers and craftspeople. Through learning about the roles and functions of art, they can explore the impact it has had on contemporary life and that of different times and cultures. To have an appreciation and enjoyment of the visual arts and how this enriches all our lives. Our curriculum is designed to cover the national curriculum expectations and beyond.
- To enable children to record form first-hand experience and imagination, and to select their own ideas to use in their work.
- To develop creativity and imagination through a series of complex activities.
- To improve the children’s ability to control materials tools and techniques.
- To increase their critical awareness of the roles and purposes of art and design in different times and cultures.
- To develop increasing confidence in the use of visual and tactile elements and materials.
- To foster an enjoyment and appreciation of the visual arts and a knowledge of artists, craftspeople and designers.
Art lessons at Launde, follow a structure that allows children to:
- develop their knowledge of important artists
- respond to artwork of others
- be expressive and creative
- build knowledge of technical skills and apply these to create their own work
- reflect constructively on their artwork
Children learn art using the following process
Interpret and Analyse – Teacher introduces the children to an artist and piece of their artwork. Children are exposed to different cultures and styles of art. Children are also introduced to art within their environment and use this to inspire their own artistic thinking.
Practise – Teacher demonstrates the skill of the artist. A specific skill is focussed on and practised. The children are given opportunities to try this and reflect on the skill. Sketch books are used by the children to plan, practise and develop their ideas and skills. They use this opportunity to explore composition, size and colour and the effects this has.
Create – Children create their own piece of art work inspired by an artist. Learnt skills are applied and children are encouraged to use their own creativity to produce unique artwork.
Evaluate – Children have the opportunity to complete self and peer assessment of their work. Appraisal skills are developed whilst reflecting on the artist and the peer artists.
We use a range of artists and artwork to study from different countries and gender that expose children to a range of styles and techniques.
When children leave Launde they will have:
- Learned to express their creativity
- Gained knowledge of a diverse range of art
- Developed a variety of technical skills
- Understand how art can improve well-being
- Exhibited their art work to an audience
- Reached age related expectations
- An understanding of a range of artists from different backgrounds and eras.