Art at Easton
- At Easton CE, we value Art and Design as an important part of the children’s entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum.
- All children need opportunities to develop and extend skills and to express their individual interests, thought and ideas.
- All pupils need a high-quality art and design education which will engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design.
- As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. All our children no matter what their needs should be able to have their say.
- They should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our shared histories, and contribute to the evolving culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.
- Art is taught both through unit based work and whole school creative arts days.
- A skills progression is used to develop art skills progressively across the school.
- New techniques are introduced across the key stages and artists are carefully chosen to enable development of knowledge.
- Knowledge organisers are used to highlight the necessary skills and techniques, and they also include relevant information about the chosen artist.
- Key facts and vocabulary are brought alive and memorised using our oracy approach.
- EYFS provide daily art- based activities through continuous provision.
- Whole school creative arts days develop specific outcomes, for example a ‘diversity in arts’ day to recognise the ethnic diversity of our school and a ‘Sculpture’ day to give children experiences with art forms they have not yet experienced.
- Our approach to assessing art is to use self assessment to encourage children to critically analyse the work they have produced. Children are asked open ended questions so they can reflect on what they enjoyed and how they would like to develop their studies in the future.
National Curriculum in England
The national curriculum for art and design 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.