At Dunstall Hill Primary School, we believe that Art education should engage, inspire and challenge pupils whilst equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art and design.
To achieve this, we have implemented the PKC art curriculum which is designed to enable children make connections between the work of artists, architects and designers and their own work.
The curriculum provides meaningful opportunities for self-expression to give children the space to learn who they are as an artist by exploring different mediums. We aim to ignite children’s love for art by giving them the ability to express themselves through drawing, painting, sculpture, printing, collage, photography and textiles.
The curriculum also provides extensive opportunity for children to develop their skills in visual literacy by looking at, thinking and talking about art.
Knowledge, in the realm of art means knowledge not only of artists, designers, architects and their work, but of the artistic concepts that relate to their work shown in different types and styles of art, how these relate to each other in a historical context and how this affects the children’s own use of materials and development of skills.
The curriculum fulfils the requirements of the National Curriculum for England and seeks to show how art shapes our history and contributes to our culture. It looks at key movements and historical periods in the history of Western art, studying art from ancient Greece and Rome, Anglo Saxon England, the middle-ages, the Italian renaissance, Victorian art and architecture, French impressionism and modernism of the 20th century.
Where a unit looks at a period in history which is also addressed in the history curriculum, the art unit is taught after the history unit. This allows the children to approach their study of art with a degree of confidence and ‘expertise’ and to consolidate their knowledge by creating connections between the different disciplines.
THE IMPORTANCE OF ART
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Early Years links to Art
Our Art education starts in our Early Years provision in school. Children are provided with a range of materials, both indoors and outdoors, that they can explore.
This will include a range of different media such as pencils, chalks, playdoughs and paints that will allow them to explore texture, shape and form through a multi-sensory approach.
They will begin to learn key vocabulary such as shape, line, straight and circle which provides opportunities for them to describe the world around them.