At St Erme with Trispen, we provide a positive and caring environment that ensures every child has the opportunity to reach their full potential. We are committed to providing all children with learning opportunities to engage in Art and believe that every child within our school should have full access to the Art provision as laid down in the National Curriculum regardless of age, gender or ability. The intent of our Art education is to give pupils the skills, concepts and knowledge necessary for them to express their responses to ideas and experiences in a visual or tactile form. It fires their imagination and is a fundamental means of personal expression. While it is essentially a practical subject, art should provide opportunities for reflection and, with increasing sensitivity, pupils should acquire the ability to make informed, critical responses of their own work and that of others. There is great pleasure to be derived from Art learning and, through deeper understanding; pupils can gain access to cultural richness and diversity. The appreciation and enjoyment of the visual arts enriches all our lives. At St Erme with Trispen, we believe that the learning of Art provides a valuable educational, as well as social and cultural experiences for children of all ages. Pupils develop life skills and have the chance to extend their knowledge of a practitioner’s works.
Our whole school curriculum provides children with opportunities to develop their skills in art using a range of media and materials. Children have the opportunity to explore and evaluate different creative ideas developing skills in drawing, painting, printing, collage, textiles, 3D work and digital art.
Children study a range of works by famous artists to develop knowledge of styles. The skills they acquire during art lessons are linked to their PSHE, allowing children to use their art skills to reflect on and explore topics in greater depth; for example, using art as a medium to express emotion and thoughts to enhance their personal, social and emotional development; as well as through cross-curricular opportunities in the classroom.
Lessons follow specific milestones for each media, which plans for progression and depth. Art is displayed to motivate and inspire others and to celebrate the pupils’ artwork in their class.
Our Art Curriculum is planned to demonstrate progression and to stimulate creativity. Pupils are clear about what the intended outcomes are and have a means to measure their own work against this, as a means of expression or to explore the styles of other artists that inspire our own work.
In Art, children are reflective and evaluate their own and each other’s work, thinking about how they can make changes to keep improving. This is meaningful and continuous throughout the process, with evidence of age-related verbal and written reflection. Children are encouraged to take risks, experiment, and then reflect on why some ideas and techniques are successful or not for a particular project.