Art and Design at Easton Primary School
'Every child is an Artist'
Art and design stimulates individual creativity and imagination. The children at Easton Primary School use their art work as a form of visual communication and personal expression in a variety of media and techniques. Our Art and Design lessons engage, inspire and challenge all children to become well equipped artists and designers.
Art is taught throughout the school from Reception to Year 6. Art may be taught as a discrete lesson or taught through cross curricular lessons. The children at Easton Primary are taught a range of different medias and look at famous artists and craftsmen to help inspire ideas and creativity. As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.
Our Art and Design curriculum is based on the National curriculum and Suffolk Art scheme. We plan our two year rolling Long Term Plan to ensure breadth of coverage and include all objectives for each mixed year group class. Medium term plans map out whether it be cross curricular to enrich our topic or to study national or local artists/designers and create works which demonstrate particular skills. We have recently developed a School Gallery in the main corridor which is updated termly to celebrate every child's Art at Easton Primary.
Early Years Foundation Stage
Pupils explore and use a variety of media and materials through a combination of child initiated and adult directed activities. They have opportunities to learn to:
- Explore the textures, movement, feel and look of different media and materials
- Respond to a range of media and materials, develop their understanding of them in order to manipulate and create different effects.
- Use different media and materials to express their own ideas
- Explore colour and use for a particular purpose
- Develop skills to use simple tools and techniques competently and appropriately
- Select appropriate media and techniques and adapt their work where necessary
Key stage 1
Pupils are taught:
- To use a range of materials creatively to design and make products
- To use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination
- To develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space
- About the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers, describing the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, and making links to their own work.
Key stage 2
Pupils are taught to develop their techniques, including their control and their use of materials, with creativity, experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design.
Pupils are taught:
- To create sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas
- To improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials [for example, pencil, charcoal, paint, clay]
- About great artists, architects and designers in history