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Westrop Art Curriculum – Sharing our hearts through art!

What is our approach to Art?

Westrop Primary and Nursery School's artistic learning journey adopts a cross-curricular approach towards teaching and learning. Underlying this approach is the belief that all children should be given the opportunity to express themselves creatively. We have developed a modelling and experimentation approach to art. Children are provided with the media they will use in their end point in order to discover its uses and limitations before exploring artist work and adult modelling of the skills needed to embark on their own creative learning journey.

How is Art taught at Westrop?

Generic skills – Children explore a range of generic cross curricular skills in each art topic. Recording and exploring initial ideas and media and progressing to make more accurate and formal observations in the creative process. Children are also introduced to a wide variety of artists from many different cultural and religious backgrounds. Children are provided with the opportunity to discuss thoughts and feelings about artistic works. Comparing ideas and processes they have used and reviewing their own final piece of art. Children are provided with opportunities to articulate through discussion or formal methods how they would like to further develop their work or what they would do differently in future learning.

Drawing/ sketching - Children develop drawing skills experimenting through line, shape tone and texture. Making marks in the early stages and progressing through pencil gradients to form tone and creating texture. As children progress through school to upper key stage 2 children have the required skills to apply them to develop perspective and develop a good sense of composition.

Painting – The exploration of colour through painting is an important skill to develop. In the early stages of the school children’s awareness of texture is reinforced adding sand and other textures substances to paint. As children progress through the school the introduction of primary, secondary and tertiary colours are introduced gradually each skill building upon the previous skill learnt. The use of complementary  and contrasting colours are explored and considered when planning final pieces of art for instance when making clay tiles in the style of Kate Mallone in year 5.

Printing – Attention to colour, texture and pattern are vital in printing. Children in key stage one carefully consider the use of different materials when printing to create patterns and textures. In KS2 children develop the skill of creating patterns using repetition or rotation of a self-made printing block or lino cut

Collage – Texture and shape are king when it comes to collage. Children use many different media from torn tissue paper, fabric to coloured cellophane to create textures by fraying crumpling and folding. As children progress into KS2 collage becomes a starting point for their creative ideas, children collect ideas, images, and media samples to create interesting and exciting ideas boards with which they then develop into a final piece of art work.

3D sculpture – Form and texture are explored extensively within 3D sculpture. Children experiment with joining paper and recycled materials developing further into malleable substances such as papier-mâché, modrock and clay. Joining and carving skills and techniques are developed through the year groups each skill building upon previous skills and knowledge gradually.

How to Help Your Child at Home

  •  Get messy! Try to get hold of as many different types of drawing and painting resources as you can to let your child get creative and explore creating art using different materials. Paints, chalk, crayons, pens, pencils, modelling clay and much more can be found in discount shops. Just don’t forget to put lots of newspaper down first!
  1. Use household objects creatively – Instead of buying materials, let them get creative using things around the house – for example, pasta and pulses to create pictures using glue. You could even experiment with colour-changing art – find out more here.
  2. Keep a sketch book - Encourage your child to keep a sketch book. Suggest that they take it with them when they go out so that they can look for things to sketch – a tree, a building, a scene. Alternatively, if they see something they would like to draw, take a photo on your phone and let them sketch from it when they are home.
  3. Celebrate your child’s art - Praise your child’s creations and encourage them not to get disheartened if they feel they have made ‘mistakes’. Explain that art is about being creative and trying out different things. There is no right or wrong way to do things. You could even ‘frame’ their work using coloured paper or card and create a little gallery on the kitchen wall or in their bedroom to display their work.
  4. Discuss and enjoy art together - Find out about local art galleries or museums that you can visit with your child. Encourage them to talk about what they see and to share their opinions – about subject matter, colours, what materials the artist used, and so on.

Useful websites links

Photography challenge– YouTube

Teach yourself to draw    Advice / Where to start / Sketching basics / How To Get Proportions Right On Faces / How to draw faces /Drawing tricks

Kids Art Hub – YouTube

Glued To My Crafts – arts and crafts ideas for children

Silver Cross – recycled modelling ideas

Rob Biddulph  – draw along videos on YouTube

Access to 500 Museums & Art Galleries – Free, online


Art Progression of Skills

Primary Art Programme of Study

What British values and SMSC looks like in art and design