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Quarry Mount’s aim is to provide an Art curriculum which will enable all children to reach their full potential in learning in 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.

Pupils will be taught to develop their techniques, including their control and their use of materials, with creativity, experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design. Pupils will be taught:

  • to improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials [for example, pencil, charcoal, paint, clay]
  • about great artists, architects and designers in history
  • to create sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas (KS2)

Our curriculum has been designed and tailored specifically to our school to cover the core range of skills for drawing, painting and sculpture. Art is taught weekly through a build-up of skills, from cold task, to skill practise (in sketchbooks for KS2) and lastly to final pieces.

Teachers will plan a range of activities in art which provide opportunities for pupils to:

  • record responses, including observations
  • copy from examples to learn more about a concept or technique
  • sketch from observations of still life and forms
  • gather resources and materials, using them to stimulate and develop ideas
  • review and modify their work as it progresses
  • develop knowledge and understanding of the work of artists and designers and architects, and taught how to apply knowledge of their technique to their own work
  • respond to and evaluate art and craft including their own and others’ work
  • realise their ideas and sustain a level of working from start to the completion of a project or a piece of work