Art and Design

Art and Design Curriculum

This year for Art and Design we are focussing on developing our painting skills. We are very lucky to have our very own artist in residence, Mrs Wilhelm, who will be working across the school supporting children and the teachers to advance their painting skills and techniques. Our aim is to help the children to become more proficient working with this medium. This will include exploring colour mixing so they can confidently use the primary colours to mix the secondary colours, as well as add white and black to make tints and tones within the colours. Our older pupils will be introduced to watercolours and taught how to make colour washes to create different effects.

We have two art galleries in the school celebrating the children’s art work. One gallery shows off the work produced for the Golden Paintbrush Award; the other space showcases the work carried out at school.

The Golden Paintbrush Award

‘The Golden Paintbrush’ award will continue this year so we can celebrate the children and their family members fabulous pieces of artwork created at home. This is a weekly art competition for the children to enter their best drawings and best paintings with the chance to have their work displayed on a slideshow in assembly and possibly win a prize and certificate. 

Work from both Key stage 1 and Key stage 2 is recognised and rewarded.

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This weeks Golden Paintbrush nominations......

And the winners are........


Aims and Purposes

At Sandown we aim to equip the children with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. Through the national curriculum for art and design and our carefully structured curriculum we aim 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.

For additional information about this subject, please contact the school office and ask to speak to the subject leader.

Foundation Stage

Expressive Arts and Design is part of the curriculum in Reception.

Exploring media and marks:

Children safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, form and function.

Being Imaginative:

Children use what they have learnt about media and materials in original ways, thinking about uses and purposes.

They represent their own ideas, thoughts and feelings through design and technology and art.

Key Stage 1 – Years 1 & 2
Key Stage 2 – Years 3, 4, 5 & 6
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