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Queen Eleanor's C of E Junior School

Queen Eleanor's C of E Junior School"A caring, supportive community, grounded in a Christian ethos, where children are inspired to explore their potential and develop skills for life."

Art

 

Intent

“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.”

Scott Adams

“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.”

Edgar Degas

 

At Queen Eleanor’s C of E junior school, our vision for art is to give children the freedom and confidence to express themselves through the creative process. We seek to inspire them by teaching them about the amazing artists of the past and present – from Van Gogh to Jackson Pollack, from classical approaches to ground-breaking modern masterpieces. 

Children learn to communicate and create their ideas through the use of colour, texture, patterns and shape with a variety of materials and artist’s tools. Pupils revisit sketching skills across the year groups enabling them to refine their skills and progress their art work as they move up through the school.

Implementation

Art is intertwined with other learning at Queen Eleanor’s as it is an integral part of culture and society outside school. For example, cross-curricula links are made with history in Year 3 through learning about Celtic patterns and Roman mosaics. In year 4, artwork is linked to religious studies when children learn to create Jewish stained glass windows and in year 6, art focuses on Egyptian silk portrait painting.

Art Curriculum Overview

Year

Summary of learning

3

Roman and Celtic art

Barbara Hepworth sculptures

Clay dragon eyes

Batik nature patterns

4

Jewish stained glass windows

Pointillism

Clay mini beasts

5

Jackson Pollock volcanoes

Islamic art – tile painting

Peter Thorne – space art

6

Clay Egyptian canopic jars

Landscapes – pastels and water colours

Egyptian silk paintings

Pop art

Kandinsky

 

Impact

Art encourages self-expression and creativity giving children the confidence to experiment with different mediums and learn new skills, for example the Indonesian Batik technique.

Art forms the basis of many creative industries such as advertising, branding and product design. Pupils thrive in a learning environment where they can use their imagination and mediums to create pieces of work they are proud of.