We cultivate an appreciation of the arts and of the wider visual world, developing visual communication skills and the ability to think creatively in an environment where all pupils feel inspired and excited to explore art and develop a range of skills.
Pupils explore historical and contemporary art and diverse styles, from the woodblock prints of Katsushika Hokusai to the ceramics of Bernard Palissy, and from the paintings of the Futurists to becoming an architect themselves.
Our projects give pupils the chance to work with a range of different materials including charcoal, oil pastels, watercolour and poster paint and are designed to encourage independence. Pupils work on both 2D and 3D projects: 3D art is explored through a range of media, including clay, papier-mâché, card, wood and wire.
We make cross-curricular links with other subjects to deepen pupils’ learning – particularly with history – for example, in Year 3 pupils create a Green Man mask inspired by myths and legends. Science, music, history and human emotion are all areas which we address when looking at different examples of artists’ work.
- Learning journey
Pupils begin by developing an understanding of the qualities needed to make a simple drawing and of the wide range of different painting and printing styles and methods in art. They also learn about using colour and discover how to shape and mould clay.
Looking at the work of different artists is an important part of each art project; we encourage pupils to make observations and discuss qualities in the artists’ work.
We use a wide range of materials and techniques to ensure all pupils can enjoy their respective qualities and excel in a medium of their choice.
By the time they leave us, pupils have developed the skill to create a sense of depth and space using line and tone in drawing and to make an intuitive response to the materials used and the marks they make.
- Beyond the classroom
Each year pupils put on an art exhibition using techniques such as ceramics, painting, pastel drawings, sculpture, collage and drawing.
The art department arranges visits to the Fitzwilliam Museum and the Anthropology Museum for pupils in Years 5 and 6. Artists in residence also visit the school and work with pupils on specific projects.
Our programme of clubs and societies includes the after-school Art Club where children make, paint and draw and model or sculpt using papier mache and clay, and the drop-in Woodwork and Ceramics Clubs where pupils make structures during their lunch break. Pupils are also welcome to use the art department facilities during some lunchtimes (under supervision).