At Brompton Westbrook Primary School, we recognise that Art is a vital part of the Primary Curriculum as it provides a means of expression for all children.
Art provides a variety of sensory experiences and a unique way of understanding and responding to the world. It enables children to communicate what they see, feel and think through the use of colour, texture, form, pattern, construction and different materials and processes. Children become involved in shaping their environments through art and design activities. They learn to make informed judgements and aesthetic and practical decisions. They explore ideas and meanings through the work of artists and designers. Through learning about the roles and functions of art, they can explore the impact it has had on contemporary life and that of different times and cultures. The appreciation and enjoyment of the visual arts enriches all our lives.
The National Curriculum states:
Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. A high-quality art and design education should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.
At Brompton Westbrook we ensure that children are confident approaching artwork, feel a strong sense of achievement and are able to reach their full potential.
We equip our children with the knowledge and skills needed to experiment, invent and create their own works of art. Children are encouraged to be reflective and evaluate their work, thinking about how they can make changes and keep improving.
The Art Journey
Children begin their ‘Art journey’ in EYFS where they are given opportunities to be imaginative, explore different materials and develop their ideas by being encouraged to practise their handling, moving and control skills, mainly through the ‘expressive art and design’ area of learning.
This Art journey continues through Key Stage 1 where the content is set out in the National Curriculum (2014). Pupils are given opportunities to use a range of materials creatively to design and make products through drawing, painting and sculpture. They explore different techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space. Another important aspect of the art and design curriculum is learning about the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers, describing the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, and making links to their own work. Sketch books are introduced as a means to record their learning and to review and revisit ideas.
In Key Stage 2, children build on what they have learned in Key Stage 1. Children develop and improve their skills in drawing, painting and sculpture using a range of different materials. They refine their recording in sketch books and continue to learn about great artists, architects and designers in history.
Where possible, creative ideas for our artwork link to other curriculum areas such as history or geography.
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
Please follow the BWPSarts Twitter page . On here, you will be able to share your child's art work and see what we are getting up to in school.
Do you love art? Here you will be able to find a variety of activities to dip into!
USEFUL ART AND DESIGN WEBSITES :
https://www.tate.org.uk/kids - Activities for children on the Tate Gallery Website
https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zn3rkqt - BBC Bitesize Art and Design
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCR2NlUr0yPuqRxZN_7ItHog/videos - Kids animations about Artists
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC35cLnkxTUdq9lXmnZ5WY3A - Mona Whitton( local artist) Art projects
https://www.artistsinresidence.org.uk/resources/- Creative at home projects for adults and children
PRACTICAL ART ACTIVITIES TO TRY AT HOME :
- With a parent/guardian, find a video tutorial on ‘YouTube’ of an art skill you would like to learn and then complete the artwork.
- Complete a series of timed drawings of an object in your house. E.g. use your opposite hand, draw it without looking at the page until the end, ask your parent/guardian to describe an object whilst you draw it and then swap roles. Then, complete a detailed tonal drawing
- Create an artwork inspired by ‘Space’ such as your favourite planet or an imaginary planet.
- Create a collage/painting/drawing of what you can see out of a window in your house or your bedroom or favourite part of your home.
- Draw/paint or create a collage of a classroom or the building of BWPS from your memory.
- Create a sculpture using newspaper or scrap paper (you may need PVA glue or masking tape)
- Draw a timed tonal study of your hand or foot or an object.
- Listen to your favourite song. Close your eyes and draw what you feel the music looks like. You can also do a drawing/painting whilst your eyes are open. Think about line, shape and colour. What would the music look like if it came to life? (Did you know this is what Wassily Kandinsky did?)
- Create the colour wheel in a creative way. For example, some people have made the colour wheel from coloured objects, they have made rainbow pizzas, cakes, collages etc. There are many ideas online. Remember to take a photograph!
- Go for a walk and document your journey with drawings and photographs. You could then create a collage/mood board from these.
- Create a mood board/collage that represents you.
Create a painting/drawing on a toilet roll holder.
Create a rainbow poster or an inspiration message to someone you love that could then be displayed in your window.
- Create a collage/painting or drawing of your view from a window in your home
Using Google maps or Google Earth, find the letters of the alphabet and group them all together to form one image of the alphabet.
Draw a detailed portrait series study of all the members of your household. Think about where you will display it.
Painting the clouds or draw the clouds. This is a tough challenge as the clouds are constantly moving.
Below is a painting by an Artist called David Hockney. He created this painting in response to Covid-19 to help people think happy and positive that the beauty of Spring is not cancelled. Can you re-create a Daffodil in an artistic way? E.g. sculpture, drawing, collage , painting, mixed-media or flower pressing?
OR.Can you create an Art work that shows how beautiful spring is?
Make your own viewfinder and draw something of your choice .Remember a viewfinder does not have to be rectangular! It could be any shape you wish. You could fold a post-it note in half and cut a square or you could use a toilet roll for a circular viewfinder. Once you have created your viewfinder, draw a space or room of your choice.
ARTIST INSPIRED ACTIVITIES :
First, choose one of the following artists to research, then create a beautiful detailed and illustrated fact file about the artist. Secondly, create an inspired piece of artwork in response the artists work. Thirdly, evaluate your work e.g. what went well? What do you like about it? Who is it inspired by and why? What could you improve next time?
- Vincent Van Gogh
- Leonardo Da Vinci
- Claude Monet
- Henri Matisse
- Henry Moore
- Frida Kahlo
- Paul Klee
- Pablo Picasso
- Marc Chagall
- Bridget Riley
- Henri Rousseau
- William Morris
- Andy Warhol
- Mary Cassatt
- Wassily Kandinsky
- Or maybe there is a different artist that you are interested in researching
Drawing without looking( 5 minutes) :
- Draw the object in front of you with out looking at your sketchbook.
- By not looking at your drawing until the end, this will help you develop your observational skills. It will help you focus on what you are looking at, rather than the drawing.
- Once you have looked at your drawing, label it ‘Drawing without looking’
Opposite hand ( 3 minutes) :
- Draw the object in front of you with your non-writing hand.
- This will help you develop your observational skills. It will help you focus on what you are looking at as well as the drawing.
- Once you have finished your drawing, label it ‘opposite hand’ or ‘left hand’ or ‘right hand’ depending on what hand you used.
Continuous line ( 5 minutes) :
- Draw the object in front of you with out taking your pencil off the page until the end.
- A continuous line drawing is one in which a single, unbroken line is used to develop the image. ... As an exercise, continuous line drawing forces the artist to closely observe the perceived lines of the subject
- Once you have looked at your drawing, label it ‘Continuous line’
Descriptive drawings ( 5 minutes):
Choose a new object but do not show your partner.
- Partner A to draw what Partner B is describing. Partner B needs to describe the object very well so Partner A knows what to draw. Do not tell your partner what the object is.
- Swap over. Partner A now describes and partner B draws.
- Label your drawing ‘ Descriptive drawing’