Art & Design
Kirstie Lipyeat and Maria Quirant
Art & Design Subject Leaders
"Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up."
Attributed to Pablo Picasso
The study of Art & Design inspires and equips children with the knowledge and skills they need to experiment, invent and create as well as become confident artists who can express themselves in different forms.
Vision for Art & Design
Progression in Knowledge and Skills for Art & Design at Floreat Montague Park
In Early Years, the children are taught how to safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function. Opportunities for fine motor control are planned into morning activities and resourcing for child initiated learning. Techniques are developed in line with the curriculum study, and the teachers will support the children’s development of learnt techniques during their child initiated sessions. The children are taught how to represent their own ideas, thoughts and feelings through art and encouraged to use their imagination in response to role play situations, storytelling and different materials/opportunities in art. We encourage the children to use language linked to art to describe the textures they encounter in the natural environment around them. They use a variety of construction materials and begin to construct, stack blocks vertically and horizontally, make enclosures and create different spaces.
In Key Stage 1, the children learn to use a range of materials creatively to design and make products. As part of the curriculum study the children use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination. The children develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space. They explore the work of a range of artists and will be able to describe similarities and differences. They are also encouraged to make links to their own creative work.
In Lower Key Stage 2, the children are taught to develop their techniques, including their control and their use of materials, with creativity, experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design. The children create sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas. They continue to improve their design techniques including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials for example, pencil, charcoal, paint, clay. They also explore the work of a range of artists, architects and designers in history. As part of the children's learning they continue to build up resilience, making mistakes and suggesting improvements to improve their work.
In Upper Key Stage 2, the children continue to build their knowledge of techniques taught in LKS2 by experimenting and predicting what might happen. They continue to practise and share their learning and skills with others, receiving and offering feedback to improve. The children are taught to master their techniques with creativity, experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design. They continue to use sketchbooks to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas. The children also use digital technology as sources for developing ideas and use key vocabulary to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of art techniques. They continue to explore in depth the work of a range of artists, architects and designers in history.