Art and Design
The member of staff responsible for this subject, Miss Evans, ensures that skills and knowledge our children develop throughout each art topic are mapped across each year group and throughout the school to ensure progression. Our school has held both gold and silver Artsmark awards.
Our school believes that art is a vital part of our children’s education and has a significant and valuable role in the curriculum, as well as enriching their lives through the opportunities we offer. We aim for our art curriculum to develop our children’s critical abilities and to help them understand their own and others’ cultural heritages through studying a diverse range of artists, art forms and movements.
We want to maintain and stimulate our children’s lasting curiosity, interest and enjoyment in the Arts by committing to a broad provision and engaging them with a wide variety of art forms. We aim to help our children explore values, attitudes, feelings and meanings and to build on existing partnerships, such as our local art galleries. We aim that, by understanding the visual elements of art and design (line, tone, texture, colour, pattern, shape, 3D form) they will be enabled to reach their expressive potential.
Our school does this by using the Kapow art scheme. The emphasis on knowledge ensures that our children understand the context of the artwork, as well as the artists that they are learning about and being inspired by. This enables links to other curriculum areas, including history and geography, with children developing a considerable knowledge of individual artists as well as individual works and art movements. A similar focus on skills means that our children are given opportunities to express their creative imagination, as well as practise and develop mastery in the key processes of art: drawing, painting, printing, textiles and sculpture. The school’s wide ranging art curriculum is supported through the availability of a wide variety of quality resources, which are used to support children’s confidence in the use of different media.
Classroom displays reflect our children’s sense of pride in their artwork and this is also demonstrated by creative outcomes across the wider curriculum. The school environment celebrates children’s achievements in art and demonstrates the subject’s high status in the school, with outcomes enhancing the outdoor as well as indoor environment. The Art curriculum at Holy Trinity contributes to children’s personal development in creativity, independence, judgement and self-reflection.