At Blakesley Hall Primary School, we believe that high-quality art lessons will inspire children to think innovatively, work independently and appreciate and create things of beauty.
The Art curriculum provides children with opportunities to develop their skills progressively using a range of media and materials. Children learn the skills of drawing, painting, printing, collage, textiles and 3D work and are given the opportunity to explore and evaluate different creative ideas.
Children will be introduced to a range of works and develop knowledge of the styles and vocabulary used by famous artists, such as Andy Goldsworthy, David Cox, Andy Warhol and Pablo Picasso. We also introduce our pupils to artists from cultures that are represented in our school such as the Romanian sculptor Constantin Brancususi as well as Ranjit Kaur (an Indian textile artist).The skills they acquire are applied to their cross-curricular topics, allowing children to use them to reflect on and explore topics in greater depth; for example, by sketching historical artefacts in detail, sculpting to represent emotions (PSHE link) creating anti-war posters (World War two link) and examining environmental issues such as plastic pollution.
At Blakesley Hall, we believe in the value of cultural capital and seek to build progressively upon children’s experiences, knowledge and vocabulary of art in its broadest sense as well as Art as a subject. We expose our children to the best of the best in order to give them the best opportunities in life. We strive to allow children the freedom to express themselves creatively, whilst being able to measure their progress and reflect upon the context in which something has been created.
We want the children leave our school with an appreciation of the importance of creativity and the vocabulary and skills to explore their world with confidence.