Primary School

Subject Overview – Art

Subject Leader – Mrs Wallace

Art Rationale

Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” -Picasso.

At Willington Primary we believe that every child deserves the opportunity to access a broad and balanced art and design curriculum.  It is through art and design we wish to engage, inspire and challenge pupils by introducing them to a broad range of techniques, materials and artists, craftspeople and designers. To see the opportunities for the skills to be used in everyday lives and how art and design can lead into may careers.

Art and design enables children to express themselves and can help them see how art can be a way to convey emotions.  The children are able to be creative and to learn about their own local area and the diversity of the world around us through the art of other cultures and communities.

This starts in EYFS where children learn to experiment with colour, texture and design and explain their own processes. The curriculum is designed to build on this and to enable children to learn by making connections between the work of artists, architects and designers and their own work, which they evaluate and relate back to the works they have studied.

We want to provide opportunities to learn the basic skills and build on this each year but ultimately, we want the children to develop a true love for art and design.

Every child is an artist. We have a firm belief that every child can achieve and that they are entitled to the same knowledge and cultural capital, whatever their background or starting point.

Willington Primary School Art Intent

It is the aim of Willington Primary School to provide high-quality Art lessons that will inspire children to think innovatively and develop creativity, equipping pupils with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art. They should also know how art and design contributes, shapes and reflects our history.   

In Art, children are expected to be reflective and evaluate their work, thinking about how they can make changes and keep improving. This should be meaningful and continuous throughout the process, with evidence of age-related verbal and written refection.  Children are encouraged to take risks and experiment and then reflect on why some ideas and techniques are successful or not for any projects they undertake. 

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