Children enjoy using the skills associated with art and design, especially having a chance to express themselves in an artistic and creative way. The school’s aim is to provide a broad and balanced art curriculum which includes learning through investigation and making, and through the development of their knowledge and understanding, enabling all children to reach their full potential and develop confidence in their abilities and views.
The aims of Art teaching at Ashfield are:
- To encourage the development of imagination, original thought and personal expression and creativity;
- To provide children with the skills, concepts and knowledge necessary for them to express their responses to ideas, feelings and experiences in a visual, tactile and sensory form;
- To enable children to see art as a form of visual and tactile communication and to develop their ability to appreciate and evaluate images and artefacts, learning to challenge assumptions, stereotypes and prejudice in visual and other forms;
- To develop pupils aesthetic awareness and enable them to respect and to make informed critical responses about their own work and that of others;
- To encourage children to value the contribution made to their world by artists, craft workers and designers from many cultures and times, learning to comment on work and to ask questions;
- To help children develop socially through collaborative working and to listen to and respect each other’s ideas;
The teaching method employed will vary according to the age, ability and experience of the children and the concept being taught. We use a variety of teaching and learning styles in art and design. Our aim is to develop the children’s knowledge, skills and understanding. We explore and develop ideas, share and evaluate work.
Children are given the opportunity to work individually, in groups and as a whole class. Art can be taught in a cross curricula way but only if the techniques have been previously taught. When a new technique is introduced, a teacher should demonstrate either by showing finished examples that a child or teacher has done.
We have a good, established link with our local Secondary School, Watford Girls for Grammar. We consider their expertise at the planning stage and arrange appropriate support in advance.
In addition to half-term or termly projects, art will at times be related to topic work or other cross-curricular links. Teachers will plan specific activities to provide adequate development of the skills, knowledge and understanding associated with the subject and will include: class, group and individual instruction and guidance; exposition and demonstration; and the use of questioning and discussion.
Whole school projects are run every term, in which all children and staff are involved in creating artwork which is linked to artist studies, literature or a foundation subject area.
Contribution to other subjects
Poetry, stories and graphic descriptions of characters or events are used as a basis for imaginative work. Pupils are encouraged to talk about and make expressive work to portray their feelings about the world they live in and social events such as other peoples’ way of life and contemporary or historic events. Pupils look at, and talk and write about, the work of other artists.
Maths is a central feature of work in art and design through the investigation of shape, scale, space, form and pattern. In making both 2 and 3 dimensional work the pupils use measure and estimation when composing work and in choosing the size, amount, type and quality of materials.
We aim to provide opportunities for pupils to develop their IT skills in art by using the internet to research and investigate the work of artists, craftspeople and designers. We use IT programs to extend and enhance their use of materials and processes, such as paint, photography, animation and film.
The scheme includes a number of opportunities for pupils to work in small and large groups, which help them to develop their personal and social skills. The way that pupils work in teams and support each other when discussing ideas or collecting resources and materials provides opportunities for pupils to develop their personal and social skills. Art is used to enable pupils to express their own feelings and ideas, which makes a contribution to their personal and emotional health and development.