Art & Design

Art and design plays a vital part of the education of all children. It contributes to the development of the whole child emotionally, aesthetically, physically and socially. At KPS Art and Design is delivered through a topic based curriculum although individual year groups may hold a ‘themed’ day or week to enhance creative thinking.

Art and Design is a subject which can be taught both inside and outside of the classroom. We aim to provide interesting lessons which will stimulate the imagination.  Occasionally visitors or specialist teachers may be invited into school.

Class teachers plan lessons which provide all children with the opportunity to express themselves both imaginatively and creatively. They will develop their understanding of, and respond to, the world around them. Understanding the visual language of art needs to be developed and encouraged by effective teaching and by a structured sequence of skills and experiences.

Art can be a source of great pleasure and we aim to increase confidence and competence in the use of different media, such as pencil, charcoal, paint, collage, inks, textiles and clay. Digital media will be embedded in various topics within each keystage.

Experiences and expectations will differ within each keystage. Examples of the learning across the school include Foundation, where the children will be provided with opportunities to experience and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture and form. In Year 2 the children will take inspiration from a notable artists and have the opportunity to create large scale ‘paintings’ in the style of Jackson Pollock and make 3D  figurative sculptures in the style of contemporary artist Antony Gormley.

During Year 6 a study of the artist Leonardo da Vinci will require the children to use their IT skills to research, collect a bank of information, including pictures and facts, and present them in a ‘sketch book’.  They will look at how artists have used different media to draw from first hand observations and develop their drawing skills by adding shadow, perspective and reflection in their pictures.