Why do we learn art?
At Brunel, we aim to inspire creativity and develop knowledge and skills in our children so that they are confident to create their own works of art, craft and design. We teach about how art contributes to our culture of the world around them. Our art curriculum promotes spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical growth and development through creating opportunities and experiences of creating art through a variety of techniques and methods.
At Ark Brunel, children are encouraged to evaluate their own artwork and that of other pupils, saying what they think and feel about it. They explore a range of artists and art styles, developing these influences into their own work. We encourage children to develop art through the way they interpret different pieces, artists and styles through observing, discussing and communicating what they see, feel and think through the use of colour, texture, form, pattern and different materials and processes. As pupils progress, they 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.
Across the years 1-6, art is categorised into 5 important strands. Each unit will focus on a key strand linked to a topic theme. These strands are ‘Self-portraits’, ‘Drawing and Painting’, ‘Collage’, ‘Sculpture’, and ‘Printing’.
At Ark Brunel, the curriculum for art aims 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