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Art and Design

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.

Our curriculum in 2019-20

This year for Art and Design we continued to focus on the children becoming more proficient with their drawing, painting and sculpture skills, but with a particular whole school focus on developing our painting skills. We are very lucky to have our very own artist in residence, Mrs Wilhelm, who will continue to work across the school supporting children and the teachers to advance their painting skills and techniques and become more adept 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.

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

Pupils are taught:

  • To use a range of materials creatively to design and make products
  • To use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination
  • To develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space
  • About the works 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

Every child in Key Stage 1 and 2 has a sketchbook, which they take through to the next class. Our expectations of pupils are high; we expect them to take pride in their work and always strive to do their best.

Key Stage 2 – Years 3, 4, 5 & 6

Pupils are encouraged to develop their techniques, including their control and their use of materials, with creativity, experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design.

Pupils are taught:

  • To record their observations in their sketch books and use them to review and revisit ideas
  • To improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials
  • About great artists, architects and designers in history

Every child in Key Stage 1 and 2 has a sketchbook, which they take through to the next class. Our expectations of pupils are high; we expect them to take pride in their work and always strive to do their best.

See our art and design curriculum map

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 fits with our school vision of ‘Bringing Home and School Together’. It is essentially a fortnightly art competition for the children to enter their best pieces of art with the chance to have their work displayed on a slideshow in our celebration assembly and possibly win a prize and certificate! The Award encourages children to further master the knowledge and skills they have been taught at school, as well as have the freedom to use their creativity and imagination to create their own unique works of art.

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

One of our two art galleries for pupil's work

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.