“Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.” – Albert Einstein
At Ann Edwards we recognise that Art and Design stimulates creativity, imagination and awe and wonder for all our children. Our high-quality art and design education engages, inspires and challenges all children, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. Through effective teaching and considered sequences of enriching lessons, children develop their understanding and communication of the visual language of art. Building on skills from EYFS through to Year six, children are able to make choices on the materials that they think best for the purpose of their composition, allowing them to feel free to express themselves. All children will continue to develop the key skills and vocabulary in Art and Design, be visually literate and be confident and able to communicate their thoughts about Art and the great artists. Cultural education through art also plays an important part in supporting good mental health and spiritual wellbeing of the Children at Ann Edwards. Through Art and creativity, children at Ann Edwards learn to build confidence and resilience giving them the skills to enrich their emotional world.
At Ann Edwards, children will follow the National Curriculum in Art and Design. Teachers plan for rich cross curricular opportunities over our two-year topic cycle, covering a wide range of skills in drawing, painting, sculpture, collage and textiles. Using the National Curriculum, we have designed a progressive drawing scheme of work to embed the use of skills, materials and vocabulary. As children progress through the curriculum they will begin to think critically about their art and develop the perseverance skills necessary to create their own pieces of work with confidence and competency and evaluate and respect the work of others. Our curriculum develops all children’s critical thinking and understanding of their own and respecting others’ cultural heritages through studying a diverse range of artists and designers throughout history. Children will know how Art and Design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation. The children’s learning is further enhanced through the value of service, by contributing to the whole school Art Weeks and Art days, involving the local community as well as welcoming visiting Artists, taking part in after school Art clubs and visiting galleries and exhibitions.
Ongoing assessments take place throughout the Year. Teachers use this information to inform future lessons and adapt topic cycles; ensuring children are experiencing a rich curriculum. This date is also used to address any gaps or trends.
Our drawing scheme of work has been designed with full coverage of the whole primary age range showing clear progression of drawing skills from years 1-6. The scheme focusses on the following skills;
- Generating ideas and taking inspiration from a diverse range of artists.
- Exploring different drawing mediums.
- Developing each element of the drawing process, for example hatching.
- Formal elements: form, line, pattern, shape, texture and tone
- Knowledge of artists’ work and techniques
- Evaluating: critiquing their own work and that of others