Subject Leader: Mrs Morris
Contact email: email@example.com
‘Art has the role in education of helping children become like themselves instead of more like everyone else.’
— Sydney Gurewitz Clemens —
Art is a vital part of children’s education and has a significant and valuable role in the taught curriculum at Pennoweth. Our curriculum, taken from Cornerstones, develops children’s critical abilities and understanding of their own and others’ cultural heritages through studying a diverse range of artists.
Through effective teaching and considered sequences of lessons and experiences, children develop their understanding of the visual language of art. Great importance is placed on developing children’s understanding of the visual elements of art and design, including line, tone, texture, colour, pattern, shape and 3D form. The processes used to emulate elements of an artist’s work, or to create specific effects, are documented throughout.
Art at Pennoweth is taught in blocks across a two-year cycle in order that children achieve depth in their learning. Key knowledge, skills and associated vocabulary have been identified and these have been mapped across the school to ensure progression. At the start of each unit, teachers establish the starting point for each child and ensure that all lessons taught are relevant and developmental, and consideration is given to how greater depth will be reached within each lesson, as well as how learners will be supported in line with the school’s commitment to inclusion.
At the beginning of every year, each class collaborates to create a piece of art work based on a famous artist and linked strongly to developing communication skills and relationships within the classroom.
Where possible and appropriate, cross curricular outcomes in Art are specifically planned for, with strong links between the subject and English and Maths lessons identified, planned for and utilised. During the unit, the chosen class text also links to the aspects being taught. Links are made to Cornish art and artists where relevant to support teaching and learning across the subject.
The culture of our DNA at Pennoweth also aids and supports the teaching of Art.
We firmly believe that in order to achieve our best, all children need to feel safe and this is our starting point in Art. The way that we shape our curriculum; where Art is taught in specific blocks across a two-year cycle, helps children to achieve this. They know that for a period of up to 7 weeks, they will be able to focus on developing and deepening their Art skills and knowledge. As Art is an expressive subject, it is vitally important that we as practitioners create an encouraging environment where the children feel relaxed and loved, where mistakes always present an opportunity for growth. They are supported and encouraged to take responsibility for their own learning from the very youngest in Early Years to the oldest. Through initial direct teaching, children learn how to use a variety of Art materials, then as they become independent they are able to be responsible for their own progress. Through careful topic choices and well-planned lessons, children are quickly excited and engaged in their learningwhich is purposeful and often collaborative. Our curriculum ensures that Pennoweth children are ready to be highly creative, inventive and proficient artists equipped to be critical thinkers, with the knowledge of great artists and their cultural origins.
Ella in Year 6 said, “I like that I’m learning different styles of Art, the impressionist art has taught me that you don’t always have to have defined lines to produce a great picture. I also really like learning about the artists themselves – it’s so interesting!”
Eliza in Year 5 said, “Learning about Impressionism has been great; I liked learning how to blend bright colours and layer the paint – although it was tricky at first! Monet is my favourite artist so far.”
Dorian in Year 5 said, “It was really satisfying to see all the colours come together – blending on to the paper made a really cool effect.”
About their topic ‘Blue Abyss’:-
Reese in Year 2, “our art lessons are fun because we get to draw and colour in our animals.”
Eleanor in Year 1, “I like art because I get to be colourful and creative.”
Jack in Year 2, “I enjoyed learning new techniques about different types of pencils and different ways to sketch and get different effects.”
Nylah in Reception says, “Art is great because you can paint nice pictures and draw things and make things and bring them home to show your mummy and daddy them and make your house look nice.”
William, Year 3, ‘I liked painting on the pebble because we got to use paint pens and I haven’t used them before. I liked doing the patterns from the Neolithic period.’
Izzy, Year 3, ‘I liked doing sketches of the pottery because I liked using the pastels and charcoal.’
Aira, Year 3, ‘I liked drawing the pottery with the charcoal. I also liked designing the pattern for my pebble.’