What we say about Art and Design at Dean Bank Primary School
Steven – Painting pictures is fun.
Jayden – Mixing and making new colours is fun.
Jessica – I like how you get to express yourself and show what you can do.
Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. 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. As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.
Our aim is for Dean Bank children to explore and utilise a wider range of skills within Art and Design whilst at our school. By introducing six key areas of learning within our curriculum, we will introduce basic skills from the beginning and build on those skills each Year.
The idea behind this is so that our children feel they are building on prior knowledge and can identify their learning from previous years. From developing these skills through out each year group, our children will be able to focus on being more creative, using their own ideas and implementing skills and techniques. Our aim is to allow our children to develop a sense of independence, be more creative and to be more confident in their approach to Art and Design.
The national curriculum for art and design aims to ensure that all pupils:
- produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences
- become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques
- evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design
- know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.
Long Term Plans
Art in action at Dean Bank 2021-2022
Y1 Kandinsky art
As part of art curriculum, children focus on famous artists as inspiration for their own work. Children in Y1 have been developing their painting and colour mixing skills to create their own version of abstract art based Kandinsky’s Colour Studies: Squares with Concentric Circles (1913).
Art and craft play an important role in the motor skills intervention programme for pupils who require additional support in this area.
Y5 visited the Bob Atley art gallery at Spennymoor town hall to look at some of Norman Cornish’s artwork. The gallery had some impressive examples of his work and contained lots of other artists’ work too. We discussed our favourite pieces and the variety of media and techniques used in different works of art.
We also had a walk around the town to see more of Cornish’s work on the Norman Cornish trail. Most of the paintings and drawings were placed in the real locations from the artwork and we even walked across the zebra crossing from his Zebra Crossing painting.
Painting (April 2022)
Children in Y2 have been learning how to mix paints to make secondary colours and to make lighter tones of a colour by adding white. They used this to create their own portraits in the style of Picasso’s artwork and have used shades of blue to represent sad feelings and shades of orange for happier feelings.
Printing (February 2022)
Children learn to develop a range of printing techniques at different stages across the school. In Y2, they’ve been focusing on developing repeated patterns, linking this to their work in maths.
Clay work linked to British Science Week
As part of British Science Week, children across the school took part in a project about surviving on Mars. They used clay to create their own animals, focusing on developing different techniques to mould the bodies and their features which help them to adapt and survive on the planet.
Autumn 2021 – Investigating artists
As part of the art curriculum, children spend time studying and evaluating the work of famous artists to inspire them with ideas for their own creations. Here are some of the children’s thoughts linked to the collage work.
Nov 2021 – Drawing
Children have also enjoyed developing printing and drawing skills in their art lessons this term.
Oct 2021 – Collage Across the School
Some classes have been developing their practical skills whilst focusing on collage work. They enjoyed studying the work of famous artists to see how they have created pictures using different materials and have tried to replicate some of the techniques in their own work.
Oct 2021 – Y5 Collage Investigation
Highlights from 2019-20