Art is an area of the curriculum which allows children to express themselves through a range of different medium. At St Mary's, we aim to develop children’s skills in drawing, painting, sculpture, printing, textiles and pattern through a range of opportunities and experiences. Our curriculum is carefully planned to engage and excite all learners. We ensure that children have access to art across the school through our creative curriculum and project work. Children begin their journey through the art curriculum in our early years foundation stage through access to daily art opportunities and experiences. Art workshop areas can be found in EYFS and in key stage 1 and lower key stage 2, which allow children the opportunity to express their creativity in a variety of ways. These art workshops are adapted on a regular basis to best suit the needs and interests of the children. They are also adapted in relation to project work.
Our intent is that children are able to explore art resources and express themselves freely during continuous provision. As they transition into KS1 we begin to focus on developing skills within art such as drawing, painting, sculpture, printing, textiles and pattern. Children will also begin to become more critical of their work and other artists, craft makers and designers work. Children will be exposed to a range of artists and craft makers which may inspire their artwork. As children move into KS2 they continue to develop and build on the skills they have used. Children begin to see progression in their skills and continue to develop their vocabulary by using specific terminology and being analytical about their art work.
Every child in school has their own sketchbook which they keep with them throughout their journey here at St Mary’s. Sketchbooks are a place for the children to gather, collect ideas, experiment and reflect. Through the use of sketchbooks children build a sense of ownership as they are able to see their art progress and develop throughout their journey through school.
In addition to sketchbooks, children are able to showcase their art work with each other, parents and carers through exhibitions of work in classes, performances, and worships. Children have also presented their work in a whole class art exhibition which all children in school attended and parents. This enables children to develop their independence and vocabulary through speaking about and discussing their work. Art plays an integral role in our cross curricular outcomes throughout the school, with links being made with a range of other subject areas including English, maths, Science, RE and Geography. This enables all learners the opportunity to access learning which engages and inspires.