The national curriculum for art and design aims to ensure that all pupils:
- produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences
- become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques
- evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design
- know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms
The teaching and implementation of the Art and Design Curriculum at Enfield is based on the National Curriculum, in order to ensure a well-structured approach to this creative subject.
The children are taught art in isolation in order to develop key skills and build on general knowledge regarding key artists and artistic styles. A long-term plan has been developed so that a key artist and artistic style is taught in each year group. This has a two-yearly cycle to support the mixed year groups. The children will study a famous artist in detail and learn about their life and history. They will also study their artistic style and how this fitted into the era in which the artist lived. The children will then use their knowledge and skills to practice reproducing artwork in the style of their artist. The will finish the study by creating a final high-quality piece of artwork in the style of their artist.
Where possible, further artist links will be made in order to explore the artist or artistic style in further detail (e.g. a deeper look into surrealism may include a number of artists). Where possible, local artists could be contacted in order to collaborate with the students and enhance their learning and skills.
Art will also be taught as part of termly topic work through the Cornerstones curriculum. Art will be used in some topic lessons to enhance art skills and the understanding of the topic. The number of topic lessons devoted to art will be determined by the topic.
Art will be taught using a range of skills and medium. Lessons will be taught with reference to the art skills progression document to ensure that children are developing and building on key skills as they progress through the school. It will also ensure that children are using a wide-range of medium and are experiencing a broad and deep art curriculum.
The range of skills and medium will include:
Explore finger painting
Different sizes of brush
Oil/acrylic and palette knives
Mark making with a variety of implements
Exploring line with brush, pencils, crayons etc.
Observational and imaginary drawings
Found object prints/recycled materials
Relief blocks (string blocks)
Textiles / Collage
Collage with paper
Collage with materials
Tie and dye/ dip dye
Wood wrapping and frames
Junk construction (boxes, containers etc)
(found objects and natural objects)
Clay dishes (thumb pots, coil pots)
Balloons and sticky tape (heads)
Clay tiles/sculpture/slabs (textured and drawn)
Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
Using apps and computing programmes as a tool for art and design
Digital drawings, paintings, design
Combining text, sound and images to express
Children will leave Enfield Academy having had the opportunity to work with a wide variety of materials and medium and understand how to use these to the fullest of their potential. They will have honed their basic artistic skills and understand how to develop and refine them to create a sophisticated and high-quality piece of art.
Pupils will leave Enfield Academy with a rounded and in-depth knowledge of key artists, designers and craft-makers and be able to recognise and interpret famous works of art. Children will understand how art and design impacts the history, culture and wealth of the world today.
Art Curriculum Plan
Art Skills Progression