Art and Design
The Art and Design Subject Leader is Miss Taylor
Curriculum drivers shape our curriculum breadth and our ambition for our children to study the best of what has been thought and said by many generations of academics and scholars.
They are derived from an exploration of our children’s backgrounds, within our locality, underpinned by our beliefs about high quality education and our values, rooted in the Mission of the Church. They are used to ensure we give our children appropriate and ambitious curriculum opportunities, applicable to them. The fundamental principles of education, within all subject areas, at St Joseph’s are:
- Growth: Pupils aspire to be the best and grow to achieve their dreams.
- Diversity: Our pupils recognise the diverse world in which we live, in turn broadening their horizons.
Threshold Concepts in Art and Design
These are the ‘big ideas’ that shape our children’s thinking within each subject. The same threshold concepts will be explored in every year group and the children will gradually increase their understanding of them.
Exploring a concept will never be complete; our children will continue to explore them for as long as they study the subject, within different contexts, to ensure this learning has tangibility and meaning.
- Develop ideas
This concept involves understanding how ideas develop through an artistic process.
- Master techniques
This concept involves developing a skill set so that ideas may be communicated.
- Take inspiration from the greats
This concept involves learning from both the artistic process and techniques of great artists and artisans throughout history.
Essential Characteristics of Art and Design
Each child will develop the following characteristics, during their time at St Joseph’s, when exploring the Threshold Concepts:
- The ability to use visual language skillfully and convincingly (for example, line, shape, pattern, colour, texture, form) to express emotions, interpret observations, convey insights and accentuate their individuality.
- The ability to communicate fluently in visual and tactile form.
- The ability to draw confidently and adventurously from observation, memory and imagination.
- The ability to explore and invent marks, develop and deconstruct ideas and communicate perceptively and powerfully through purposeful drawing in 2D, 3D or digital media.
- An impressive knowledge and understanding of other artists, craftmakers and designers.
- The ability to think and act like creative practitioners by using their knowledge and understanding to inform, inspire and interpret ideas, observations and feelings.
- Independence, initiative and originality which they can use to develop their creativity.
- The ability to select and use materials, processes and techniques skillfully and inventively to realise intentions and capitalise on the unexpected.
- The ability to reflect on, analyse and critically evaluate their own work and that of others.
- A passion for and a commitment to the subject.
Breadth of Study
The overview below provides a breadth of study which meets the requirements of the National Curriculum:
|Key Stage 1||Key Stage 2|
|• Use experiences and ideas as the inspiration for artwork.
• Share ideas using drawing, painting and sculpture.
• Explore a variety of techniques.
• Learn about the work of a range of artists, artisans and designers.
|• Use experiences, other subjects across the curriculum and ideas as inspiration for artwork.
• Develop and share ideas in a sketchbook and in finished products.
• Improve mastery of techniques.
• Learn about the great artists, architects and designers in history.
Because the Threshold Concepts are repeated in every year group, it is important that the children progress in their understanding of them. Therefore, ‘Milestones’ are used, which contain a range of descriptors which give more detail to be discovered within the concept. Over a two year period (for example, Years 1 and 2), the children will become more and more familiar with these details by exploring them in a breadth of contexts. Milestones form part of our internal Medium Term Plans.
Useful Curriculum Links:
Access Art https://www.accessart.org.uk/
The Hepworth Gallery, Wakefield https://hepworthwakefield.org/
Yorkshire Sculpture Park https://ysp.org.uk/
Art for Kids Club https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5XMF3Inoi8R9nSI8ChOsdQ