Art and Design
At Wakefield Methodist School, we believe that through art, craft and design we want to engage, inspire and challenge pupils by introducing them to a broad range of techniques, materials and artists, craftspeople, artefacts and designers. We want to equip them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, explore, take risks, invent and create. It will enable them to authentic and explore their own identity as well as being curious about respecting and connecting with others. They should also know how art, craft design reflects and shapes our history, and contributes to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.
Most importantly, we want children to foster a positive, life-long relationship with the subject and have fun.
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.
At Wakefield Methodist School, we will achieve this by:
- Studying art, craft and design at least once every term and children will also have additional opportunities to engage with art, craft and design activities throughout the school year.
- Where appropriate, linking art to current learning to ensure relevance and context. If this is not appropriate art will be studied discretely.
- Providing a broad and balanced curriculum - drawing, painting, sculpture, textiles and printing.
- Using a spiralized approach, to revisit and build upon previous learning, so that they are prepared to learn the content of later stages. So that children know more, remember more and do more.
- Scaffolding to allow children to access our curriculum
- Fostering an enjoyment and appreciation of the visual arts and a knowledge of artists, craftspeople, artefacts and designers;
- Using a sketchbook approach, to create unique profiles, combining convergent outcomes alongside risk taking and experimentation, with no right or wrong. Enabling children to develop divergent creative and visual literacy.
- Encouraging children to reflect on and celebrate their art, craft and design work and that of others, both with peers and adults.
- Celebrating effort, progress and achievement in art through gallery display, exhibitions and enrichment activities, such as visits, meeting artists and competitions.
By the end of their time with us, we want pupils to have learned, improved and embedded a range of artistic skills. They should have an awareness of a broad range of artists and craftspeople, and be able to consider and discuss the artworks they come across. We want our pupils to be confident to explore, experiment and take risks, placing value on the process and journey that they take, not just on the finished product. Most importantly, we want children to have found and enjoyed a creative outlet – a means of self-expression and enjoyment.
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