Art Curriculum

Intent

At St Hugh of Lincoln we believe that art is an essential and fundamental part of children’s education.  Our children will be given the freedom to share and express their individual creativity by providing them the opportunities to develop their skills in a variety of ways.   Children will become confident and proficient with different techniques including drawing, painting, sculpting, as well as other selected craft skills, e.g. collage, printing, weaving and pattern making.  Children will also develop their knowledge of famous artists, designers and craft makers.  We want children’s interest and curiosity about art and design to evolve, through a series of lessons offering skills progression, knowledge progression and giving them the opportunity to ask questions and demonstrate their skills.  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

At St Hugh we teach a skills-based art and design curriculum.  Each key stage focuses on different themes to ensure continued interest in the subject as well as acquiring new knowledge.  The lessons will focus on the children’s techniques, including their control and their use of materials, with creativity, experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design.  Children should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.  The evidence of the children’s work will be collected and recorded in their art sketch books.  These books will follow the children through the school.  Any group, 3D or larger pieces of work will be photographed and stuck in these sketchbooks.  Each year group will have “I can statements” in their sketchbooks.  These statement will be broken down into three sections, investigation, observation and application.  The children will self-assess their work after each topic.  This will give the children ownership of their learning and know their next steps.

As a school and in accordance with the National Curriculum’s Programme of Study, we aim 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 and design
  • know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.

Impact

The impact of our art and design curriculum will not only be evident in the children’s sketchbooks but will also be displayed in the classrooms and will be an integral part of the learning environment of our school.  We want the children to be engaged, inspired and challenged in every art lesson.  The children will have higher expectations of themselves and use technical vocabulary accurately.  Children will improve their enquiry skills and curiosity about the world around them and know how art and design will influence their lives in the future.  We aspire to give the children the confidence to analyse and evaluate their own work and other’s work by being able to share their own views and opinions.  We want to equip our children to have the perseverance and resilience to continue to improve their skills as they move up the school and beyond.

Useful Websites:

Nation Curriculum Programme of Study: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/239018/PRIMARY_national_curriculum_-_Art_and_design.pdf