Art and Design
At Fairfield Park Lower School, we value Art & Design. We are ARTISTS!
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.
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At Fairfield Park Lower School, we value Art. We are artists, designers and sculptors!
We see Art as an important part of children’s experience of a rich and engaging curriculum. Our children are given opportunities to experience art across the curriculum through topic work. We aim to engage, inspire and challenge pupils to express their creative imagination as well as practise and develop mastery in the key processes of art: drawing, painting, printing, 3D form and digital media. As pupils progress, we want them to be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. Our emphasis on knowledge ensures the children understand the context of the artwork as well as having an understanding of their own and other cultural heritages by studying a diverse range of artists. During our arts weeks, we offer opportunities for children to have immersive experiences of art across the whole school which we can celebrate together.
At Fairfield Park school we provide a clear and effective, cross curricular scheme of work that provides coverage in line with the National Curriculum.
The skills and knowledge that children will develop are mapped across each year group and throughout the school to ensure progression.
We implement our curriculum by:
- Promoting children’s enjoyment of art and valuing their individual creative approach.
- Helping children to improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting, print and 3D form with a range of materials (e.g. pencil, charcoal, pastels, paint and clay).
- Enabling children to use digital media to record, create and edit artwork.
- Introducing children to a diverse range of inspirational artists, designers and craftspeople through whom children can learn how different media can be used in exciting ways to create artwork.
- Giving children the opportunity to explore their own creative approaches.
- Allowing children to create sketch books to record their observations, practise skills and review and revisit ideas.
- Displaying children’s work around the school.
- Promoting children's discussions about their learning which includes discussion of their thoughts, ideas and evaluations of work.
- Celebrating artistic achievement in ‘Artist of the half term’.
- Planning immersive arts weeks where the whole school engages with a specific artist/artwork through cross curricular activities. These events create a buzz around the school and culminate in an exhibition of children’s work to which the whole school community are invited to access.
Impact will be shown by the following:
- Children will be inspired and motivated.
- Children will have a secure knowledge of a range of art processes and skills to produce 2D and 3D work.
- Children will show progression in the range and level of their skills.
- Children will be able to name the materials and techniques they have used.
- Children will be able to name artists, designers and craftspeople they have learned about.
- Children will have confidence in exploring their own creative approaches within their sketchbooks.
- As children become more confident in their abilities to represent their ideas visually they will be able to evaluate the best method to approach their artwork.