The intent of our Art curriculum is to engage, inspire and challenge pupils as well as create a desire to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. We strive to give all children a wealth of experiences in Art to ensure they develop their own creativity and imagination as well as enhance their experiences of Art from across the world. We believe first-hand experiences and giving the children opportunities to communicate their own ideas and feelings through a range of materials and tools is the best way to deliver a high-quality Art and Design curriculum.
We believe it is essential that children know and understand how Art and Design both reflect and shape our history and contribute to the culture and creativity of our nation. Exploring a wide variety of artists, craftspeople and designers ensures children can develop their own opinions of artwork, think critically and imaginatively and form their own responses to art.
The teaching of Art encourages children to develop their fine motor control, observational skills and their appreciation of the use of colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, space and form. It also gives children the opportunity to work in different ways, such as: whole class, small groups, pairs and as individuals. Thinking critically is an important element of our Art curriculum at Elvetham Heath Primary School and children are encouraged to positively evaluate their own work and that of their peers using the language of art. We strive for all to be actively engaged in their own learning and to be motivated and eager to achieve and attain their own full potential in Art.
Take One Picture
We take part in the National Gallery’s Take One Picture scheme. We plan a special week and have so much fun exploring the painting in a cross curricular way. The last painting we studied was 'Men of the Docks' by George Bellows, an American realist painter.
An Art Week has been an exciting new addition to the curriculum when we showcase a wealth of our pupils’ artistic talent. Every year group has opportunities to paint, sketch, clay model, take photographs and sculpt using a variety of different materials. We look at paintings by famous artists and interpret them in our own way through different media.
The art work of the year groups can be admired in our main hall and small hall as the classes collaborate on a particular theme to display for the whole school and visitors to enjoy. The most recent theme in the main hall is a collection of artwork to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. In the small hall the focus was on artwork by the illustrator Marcus Pfister. The variety of mediums and ideas creates an amazing display.