art & design
"every child is an artist." pablo picasso
Art at Westbury Park follows the Kapow scheme of learning. Through this, pupils learn about a variety of techniques and artists thus enhancing their artistic outcomes. Children are given opportunities to experiment with a variety of mediums and are encouraged to become an artist in their own way.
At Westbury Park school, we strive to ensure that all children are given the opportunities to stimulate their creativity and imagination.
We believe that children should be provided with high quality art and design lessons that leave them equipped with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design.
Our Art curriculum provides children with opportunities to develop their skills using a range of media and materials. Children learn and build on the formal elements of art, these include: colour, line, form, shape, texture, tone and pattern. They are also given opportunities to develop their artistic skills in drawing, painting and craft as well as look closely at the work of a range of different artists.
The skills they acquire within this subject area are also applied to their cross-curricular topics, allowing children to use their art skills to reflect on and explore other topics in greater depth.
Art is taught as a discrete subject in every year group but teachers also try to incorporate art into other subject areas to enhance learning. The teaching and implementation is based on the National Curriculum and supported by Kapow Art and Design scheme, which helps teachers with the planning process to ensure a structured approach to this creative subject.
To ensure high standards of teaching and learning in Art and Design, we implement a curriculum that is progressive throughout the whole school and builds on children’s prior understanding of taught concepts and skills. We focus on practising these forms and skills in our sketchbooks, before working on our final piece of work. Throughout this process, children will be given feedback and next steps in order to develop their work further. We also encourage children to be reflective and evaluate their work as well as their peers, thinking about how they can make changes and improvements.
The evidence of their work is collected within the art sketchbook which follows the children through the school. Photographs of larger, group or 3D pieces are also kept within this book.
Children will be creative thinkers and feel confident working with new materials and styles of art. They will use knowledge and understand of the creative, artistic process to interpret what they see and can use a variety of 2D and 3D art skills to build something unique and personal to them. Children will be able to talk about art using creative and technical language such as shade, shape, pattern and colour and will build on the language and skills as they work through primary school. An understanding of the process famous artists have gone through in order to create historical masterpieces will be gained throughout their art lessons, with children realising that art can be open to interpretation.