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Art and Design

The purpose of art, craft and design is to engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. As taken from the national curriculum, pupils “should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.”

In line with the national curriculum for Art and Design at Queen Edith we aim to ensure that all pupils:

  1. produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences.
  2. become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques.
  3. evaluate and analyse creative work using the language of art, craft and design.
  4. know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.
Y1Observational drawings of natural objects, using pastels. Fireworks using chalk.Collage inspired by Rousseau. Mini medieval tapestries.Monet inspired garden pictures. Press printing: Sea creatures.
Y2Clay: High street model Collage: Princess and the PeaMarbling: Fire and Ice Watercolour: Self-PortraitsObservational drawing Artists and their art from around the world (Africa, Australia, South America)
Y3Clay: Making Greek pots Pointillism. Matisse.Paisley CollageCave Art. Observational drawing of flowers.
Y4Sculpture. Andy Goldsworthy. Modelling Emotions and Relationships.Mosaic: Roman Art.Islamic Patterns. Perspective Drawing.
Y5Egyptian Death Masks. Clay Mummies.African Animal Masks.Mixed media: Abstract art inspired by Peter Thorpes Space Art.
Y6Watercolour, charcoal, ink: Blitz Art.Sculpture: Escher Models.Colour, collage, mixed media: About me.

Art and Design in 2016-2017

This year our focus is to develop further drawing and sketching skills.

At the beginning of October 2016 the Art subject leaders from Queen Emma and Queen Edith held a meeting where staff from both schools had a hands-on session. This was to help develop their own drawing and sketching skills as well as to share ideas about their work with the children in Art.

At the beginning of February 2017 we had a look into the sketchbooks of children from years 4, 5 and 6 and found good examples of work to showcase the key elements in Art i.e. Shape, Form, Pattern, Texture, Line, Tone , Colour and Space, and that these are well embedded into their work.