Art & Design

Art & Design at Garfield

“Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. A high-quality art and design education should 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.” (National Curriculum)

In our Art and Design teaching we will be using the lesson resources provided by our online provider, Kapow!

The scheme contains three strands of knowledge:

This strand supports the children in developing their understanding of methods and techniques, media and materials and the formal elements of line, tone, shape, colour, form, pattern and texture.
This strand allows them to consider the meanings behind the works they study, put their own interpretations on these works and explore the materials and processes used by a variety of artists.
This strand helps the children to learn about art as a discipline, looking in depth at how art is studied, discussed, and judged. They consider the questions:
• what is art?
• Why do people make art?
• How do people talk about art?

Working across these three strands allows the pupils to generate their own ideas and use their sketchbooks to develop a personal artistic identity of their own. Over the course of their time at Garfield, pupils will build on previous learning to improve their observation and drawing skills and make increasingly informed choices about the best tools and materials for a task. They will learn that art carries a message of some sort and consider how they can best convey this message and the effect their art will have on the observer.

The scheme is organised into units covering four key areas:

The children explore mark-making in all its forms, experiment with a range of materials in their sketchbooks and learn how artists develop their ideas.
Here the children will develop their painting skills including mixing colours, painting on different surfaces and with a variety of tools. They will explore how different media can be combined for effect.
This gives the children the opportunity to use a variety of materials to transfer the ideas that they have previously sketched on paper into 3 dimensional forms.
The children will understand that art can have a specific purpose and will learn how this works in the creative industries. This area includes designing to a brief and making decisions about selecting techniques and materials to achieve this.