Art and Design
“I found I could say things with colour and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way—things I had no words for.” Georgia O’Keefe
Art and design as the National Curriculum says, “embody some of the highest forms of human creativity.” At Nunney First School we believe its an integral part of a child’s learning journey to see and develop their creativity through art and design.
We use a project based method of teaching Art and Design using the Curriculum Maestro unit or work on a two year rolling programme. The art and design projects are well sequenced to provide a coherent subject scheme that develops children’s skills and knowledge of visual elements, art forms, artists and art movements. Art projects are interwoven alongside other subject projects where there are opportunities for making meaningful connections. For example, Royal Portraits has been placed in the same teaching sequence as the history project Magnificent Monarchs.
In Key Stage 1, each autumn term begins with the colour project Mix It. The teaching of this project in Years 1 and 2 enables children to be introduced to and then revisit colour theory and provides plentiful opportunities for children to explore primary and secondary colours. Year 1 and 2 explore themes directly related to the children themselves, such as their facial features, the surrounding natural world and their local community. Further projects expand children’s artistic horizons to study a more comprehensive range of artists, artistic movements and creative techniques.
In Year 3 and 4 each year has a colour project called Contrast and Complement. The teaching of this project enables children to build on their previous understanding of colour and further develop their expertise by studying theory. Pupils expand their experiences to study a broader range of art forms, artists and genres. They also begin to study art from specific and diverse periods of history, including prehistoric pottery and Roman mosaics. Children develop their techniques in printmaking, drawing, painting and textiles. They also explore ways in which ancient cultures have influenced art and crafts by studying, for example, medieval weaving techniques and the religious significance of Islamic art in R.E.