Principles for Art learning at Harlands
Art at Harlands aims to excite and inspire children through a wide range of interactive and fun learning experiences, so that they can:
- explore and experiment with their original ideas
- think creatively, using a variety of strategies
- take risks and feel confident to do so in a supportive environment
- reflect on their learning and create work of high quality
- transfer skills they have learnt into everyday situations
- have an understanding of how art both reflects and shapes our history, and contributes to our modern day cultures and societies
- develop a respect for different art forms and begin to understand the possible deeper meanings behind some pieces of art work
We will have succeeded if they continue to develop a love of art and use these skills to have an impact on the world around them.
- The teaching of art at Harlands takes a cross-curricular approach and is about experimenting, developing skills, studying the work of other artists and enjoying working with a range of different media and materials to achieve different effects.
- Harlands’ ‘Art Carousel’ has been introduced across Years 1 to 6. This involves children being split into mixed-ability phase groups and rotating around a range of activities.
Skills Development and Assessment
At Harlands there is a progressive curriculum that covers the five strands of Art learning – namely, drawing, painting, print-making, textiles and sculpture – for children to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination.
Key Stage 1 children are taught to:
- use a range of materials creatively to design and make products
- develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space
- learn about the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers, describing the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, and making links to their own work
Key Stage 2 children are taught to:
- develop their techniques, including control and use of materials, with creativity, experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design
- create sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas
- improve mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials (for example, pencil, charcoal, paint, clay)
- learn about great artists, architects and designers in history
Differentiation and challenge in Art are facilitated through outcome.
Children evaluate this work against the objectives of the lessons and decide where their learning will go next. Teachers have high expectations of all children, and use a skills continuum to plan and assess progress.
- Harlands Arts Week based upon the National Gallery ‘Take One Picture’ project, culminating in an exhibition for all parents to celebrate the work produce by children
- after-school Arts and photography clubs
- Art Ambassadors and school council representatives meet separately to discuss new ideas, develop project plans and provide class feedback
- partnerships with local schools for Gifted and Talented Art Workshops
- various arts projects in the local community, such as a mosaic at Haywards Heath Railway station
- workshops with local authors / illustrators, for example Year 5 learning drawing and visual literacy skills
Useful Resources to support Art Learning
- National Gallery - Take One Picture www.nationalgallery.org.uk/take-one-picture
- Tate Gallery – children who are interested in art hugely benefit from opportunities to see other people’s art work, therefore visits to museums and art galleries are a great way to inspire them further www.tate.org.uk/visit/tate-modern
- This BBC Bitesize website has lots of short video clips to give tips and ideas for new pieces of art work www.bbc.co.uk/education/subject
- Red Ted Art - fun, easy and "do-able" crafts for kids and grown-ups using every day materials, making DIY a great activity to do together www.redtedart.com
- The Imagination Tree - hundreds of ideas for creative play and learning with young kids - from an experienced teacher and mum theimaginationtree.com
- Artful Parent - the parent's resource for easy and fun kid’s art, family crafts, children’s creativity, and process-oriented kid’s arts and crafts activities www.artfulparent.com
- Art Access - fun tutorial for parents, children and teachers at this UK charity www.accessart.org.uk