At Fossdene we believe all children have a right to an excellent and rigorous art education. We use the Access Art approach when planning and delivering our Art Curriculum.
Art and design at Key Stage 1 and 2 is taught as a distinct subject.
Art and Design is split into ten subject areas:
We raise expectations as to what pupils are capable of in the visual arts. This can happen in a very practical way: for example through the introduction of a wider variety of materials from the outset, pupils can and do quickly build their understanding and skills.
We work hard to break down preconceptions amongst teachers and pupils as to what drawing or sculpture (for example) is or might be. Preconceptions can stifle creativity. If we take the lid off art and design we can allow the subject to flourish. Experimentation, risk, and innovation should be encouraged.
We aim to create confident, independent artists who can articulate and value their own creative journeys.
Each term children should be given the opportunity to explore a variety of polarities:
Traditional skills should be balanced with experimental work.
Small scale work should be balanced with large scale work.
Quiet reflective study should be balanced with active, dynamic work.
Individual work should be balanced with group work.
Two dimensional work should be balanced with three dimensional work.
Study of historical “great” artists should be balanced with contemporary artists.
In addition children should be given the opportunity to experience:
How it feels to take creative risks as opposed to playing it safe
That chaos and mess can be productive for some people
Both female and male creative role models (including visits from artists/visits to galleries/artists studios).