‘A high-quality Art and Design education should 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.’ National Curriculum for Art and Design.
Children at Michael Drayton engage in many creatively-rich topics during their time with us.
In any Art and Design session, or where there is a link to Art and Design, children are encouraged to explore their own ideas and record their experiences or observations. Each child has their own sketchbook which is used for this purpose and it also acts as their visual ‘magpie’ book where they can collect ideas in order to review or revisit at a later time.
During their time at Michael Drayton, children are taught a variety of art, craft and design techniques which build on the experiences they had in Key Stage 1. We look to develop each child’s skillset in these areas in order for them to become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other areas of art and design. We encourage children to experiment with the techniques they have learnt and develop them further through the experimentation with different media such as clay, charcoal, collage, print-making etc.
A key skill, which is encouraged in all subjects but is a vital component to the art and design curriculum, is one of evaluation and analysis. Children are encouraged to carefully observe and analyse works of art and design and evaluate the key visual features and their effectiveness through group discussions about the pieces, highlighting in their discussions areas to consider when creating their own works.
As well as the development of creative and practical skills, our art and design curriculum includes a theoretical element, where children develop their knowledge and understanding about great artists and designers and the significant movements they contributed or belonged to. Children may use key artists’ work as inspiration for their own pieces, or link this learning to the wider context of culture and significant historical events.