The Art Curriculum at Hollywell Primary School
The department for education states that ‘a high-quality art and design education should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design.’
At Hollywell we believe that teaching and learning in Art is important because it stimulates creativity, imagination and inventiveness. The purpose of Art education is to give pupils the skills, concepts and knowledge necessary for them to express responses to ideas and experiences in a visual or tactile form. It fires their imagination and is a fundamental means of personal expression.
Art is taught through a cross curricular, topic approach. Children study art skills and visual elements of art through cross-curricular themes.
In Art and design sessions we aim to give our pupils the opportunity to explore all creative media – becoming proficient in drawing, painting and sculpture; to learn what can be done with different materials, and what effects can be created. We aim to provide the knowledge and skills to enable pupils to make their own art.
We wish to develop each pupil’s creative ability, develop their art skills and develop their ability to use the visual elements of art – colour, line and tone, texture, pattern and shape, form and space. We would like pupils to find pleasure in sensory exploration of materials, in learning to use tools and techniques, and in manipulating and combining materials to create different and pleasing results. In art sessions, we aim to provide a relaxing, enjoyable environment. We encourage children to be adventurous and to take risks. Throughout the school we provide opportunities for studying historical, cultural and religious art.
We aim to develop interest in the work of great artists, craft makers and designers whilst learning to use appropriate language to evaluate and respond to art forms.