Eastrop Infant School

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Art At Eastrop

Our Art leader is Miss Ayres.

The national curriculum for art and design aims to ensure that all pupils; produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences, become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques, evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft, design and know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.

Vision for Art

 At Eastrop Infant School we are committed to providing all children with learning opportunities to engage in art activities. To support learning in the key strand pupils should be given opportunities to respond thoughtfully and act with purpose to develop skills, selecting and controlling suitable tools and systems with increasing proficiency to achieve intended outcomes. To have opportunities to work in a range of scales (from a small size to large scale works) in 2 and 3 dimensions. To have opportunities to work in a variety of processes and media which could include: drawing, painting, print making, ceramics, collage and textiles.

We believe that teaching and learning in art is important because it stimulates creativity, imagination and inventiveness. We want to give our children the skills, concepts and knowledge necessary for them to express their responses to ideas and experiences in a visual or tactile form. Art sparks imagination and is a fundamental means of personal expression. As children progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. While it is essentially a practical subject, we believe art should also provide opportunities for reflection and, with increasing sensitivity, children should acquire the ability to make informed, critical responses to their own work and that of others.

 

Art is not just a subject to learn, but an activity that you can practise with your hands, your eyes, your whole personality.

Quentin Blake. 

 

Progression in Art

Please click the link below to find out more about progression in art across our school.

Progression of Art Skills

Programme of Study

In art lessons in KS1, your child will learn:

  • 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.

Please click the link below to find out more about our programme of study for art across our school.

Programme of Study

Art in the Early Years

In the Foundation Stage of national curriculum art, your child will be taught to use their imagination by dismantling, combining and discarding ideas and materials.

We will provide a variety of materials and Foundation Stage resources to stimulate your child's curiosity. Your child will explore and research ideas, imitate and experiment and develop their own ideas.

We will introduce appropriate vocabulary to help your child to talk about what they have produced, what they like and how they can make it better. Topics covered include colours (mixing, expression); marks (shapes, lines, patterns); texture and media (smooth, rough, shiny; paint, chalk, crayon). Children also begin to learn about the ways in which paintings and drawings can capture feelings.

Art at Home

Engage your child in these fun activities at home to build on their art skills:

  • Point out pictures, paintings, building designs, and objects such as furniture and ornaments to feed your child's appreciation for how different sorts of art enrich our lives. Ask questions such as, ‘What colours and patterns have been used? What about the materials and textures - is it fabric or wood, smooth or rough? What do you like or dislike about it?’
  • Use similar questions to help your child talk about their own artwork produced at nursery, school and home. Give plenty of feedback and praise, and focus on those parts that are most detailed to build on their strengths.
  • A key skill at this stage is hand-eye coordination, so anything you can do that encourages your child to look first, then draw, and then look again will strengthen their art skills.
  • Explore different materials with your child and let them experiment with the different effects they can produce.
  • Visit local art and craft events, such as exhibitions and workshops to build an early appreciation for paintings, ceramics, textiles and other art and design objects.

Useful Websites

How to Draw - Learn how to draw through simple step by step visuals.

Arts and Crafts - Choose from a number of different crafts for every occasion.