What we say about Art and Design at Dean Bank Primary School
Steven – Painting pictures is fun.
Jayden – Mixing and making new colours is fun.
Jessica – I like how you get to express yourself and show what you can do.
At Dean Bank Primary School, we value the importance of Art and Design as a vehicle for developing creativity, individual expression, independence, resilience, and self-reflection. It is important to the development of pupils’ well-being, appreciation of the world and understanding and empathy of others.
It is our intent to provide all children with the fundamental skills, techniques and knowledge needed to independently create their own unique drawings, paintings, sculptures, and crafts. We aim to give all children the confidence to express themselves through a range of chosen mediums.
Our aim is for Dean Bank children to explore and utilise a wider range of skills within Art and Design whilst at our school. By introducing six key areas of learning within our curriculum, we will introduce basic skills from the beginning and build on those skills each Year.
The idea behind this is so that our children feel they are building on prior knowledge and can identify their learning from previous years. From developing these skills through out each year group, our children will be able to focus on being more creative, using their own ideas and implementing skills and techniques. Our aim is to allow our children to develop a sense of independence, be more creative and to be more confident in their approach to Art and Design.
The national curriculum for art and design aims to ensure that all pupils:
- produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences
- become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques
- evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design
- know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.
Long Term Plans
Progression of Skills
We use sketch books across the school to develop a variety of art skills and knowledge about artists and their paintings. Here are some examples of early work created so far.
Art in Action 2023-2024
October 2023 – Pop Art Painting Y4
October 2023 – Andy Warhol Y4
Children in Y4 have been learning about Andy Warhol and how he was one of the most famous artists within the Pop Art Movement. They spent some time studying examples of his artwork and reflecting on what they think about it. They also sketched some of the images that they really liked.
September 2023 – Dot Day
Last Friday, children took part in art activities during privilege time for International Dot Day which aims to celebrate creativity. It’s linked to a story called The Dot which is about a teacher who encourages a pupil to trust in her own abilities by being brave enough to ‘make her mark.’ The children enjoyed relaxing to music whilst having a go at making their own mark using pastels and paint. They all did a great job. Well done!
As part of our KS2 art club, the children worked together to make decorations for the tree that our school entered into Ferryhill Festival of Trees. The decorations were made using materials that can be easily recycled or by reusing materials. We all loved seeing the decorations we’d made when we visited the Festival and felt proud of being part of this local event.
Children in Early Years and Y1 have been developing their understanding of colour theory and mixing colours in different ways (e.g. painting, marbling and pipette art). Y1 are focusing on the work of Kandinsky to see how he used colour in his paintings.
Children in Y5 and Y6 are currently studying the 3D artwork of Grayson Perry and Barbara Hepworth. They have spent some time focusing on the life and work of these artists to provide inspiration for their own ideas.
Children use a variety of activities linked to art to develop their understanding of other areas of the curriculum whilst also focusing on improving their motor skills and knowledge of a variety of techniques. They worked collaboratively to develop this piece of 3D work linked to work on Jack on the Beanstalk. This helped to develop a range of skills, including their cutting skills when making the leaves.
Archive Curriculum Work
You can view our Archived Art & Design Curriculum work on our website.