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Art & Design


What is art and design?

Art and Design is the study of colour, form, texture, pattern and the use of different materials.


What the National Curriculum says about Art and Design

Purpose of studying art and design

Children need to study art and design to equip them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent, think critically and create their own works of art, craft and design.

Children should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to our culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.


Aims of studying art and design

· For children to produce creative work, exploring these ideas and record their experiences.

· For children to become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques.

· For children to evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design.

· For children to know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.


What we do at Ladywood?


Key Stage 1

Topics studied in Year 1 and 2 are:

· Jurassic Forest – We design and make fossils using different media. We also sketch fossils and dinosaurs.

· Seaside Rescue – We use different mediums to produce stormy sea pictures. We learn how to create different effects using these mediums. We talk about our work and the work of others and say how we could improve it.

· Oceans and Seas – We use a variety of techniques to create textured water colour paintings and then turn this into sea storm collages. We also create sculptures of the many ocean creatures living in the Atlantic Ocean.

· Treasure – We create two dimensional drawings of pirates, learning about and using new vocabulary i.e. light, dark, shading and texture.

· Dungeons and Dragons – We produce detailed sketches of castles and design and making our own coat of arms. We use bright colours to create dragon pictures


Key Stage 2

Topics studied in Year3 and 4 are:

· Vikings – We make our own shields, exploring patterns and colour using different materials.

· The Tudors – We create sketches to record observations and use these to review and revisit ideas.

· The Rainforest – We use a range of materials to create art work based on rainforest animals i.e. pencil, charcoal, paint and clay.


Topics studied in Year 5 and 6 are:

· We record observational drawings in our own sketch books.

· We choose appropriate mediums to complete different tasks.

· We improve techniques and skills using a variety of mediums i.e. pencil, watercolour, charcoal, clay and sculpture.

· We choose appropriate mediums to complete different tasks.

What parents and carers can do to help their children

· Explore different media and designs and experiment with different ways of assembling and joining the materials being used.

· Encourage your child to handle different tools i.e. pencils, scissors, brushes etc.

· Create sketchbooks to record observations and use these to review and revisit ideas.

· Talk about great artists, architects and designers in history.