At St Clare’s we know that art stimulates creativity and imagination. It provides visual, tactile and sensory experiences, and a special 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 and different materials and processes. It is our intent at St Clare’s for our children to become involved in shaping their environments through art activities. We want them to learn to make informed judgements, and aesthetic and practical decisions. The children will be guided and given the opportunity to explore ideas and meanings through the work of artists. Through learning about the roles and functions of art, they will explore the impact it has had on contemporary life and on different periods and cultures. At St Clare’s it is our intent that we want the appreciation and enjoyment of the visual arts to enrich all our lives.
During the Early Years, young children will be given the opportunity to explore colour, texture, shape and form in two and three dimensions. The children will have access to a wide range of constructions, collage, painting and drawing activities, using appropriate tools and art materials. In order to tap into their artistic potential, the children will be encouraged to develop their own creative ideas.
During Key Stage 1, Art is about expanding children’s creativity and imagination through providing art and craft activities relating to the children’s own identity and experiences, to natural and manufactured objects and materials with which they are familiar, and the locality in which they live. Children will explore the visual, tactile and sensory qualities of materials and processes and begin to understand and use colour, shape and space, pattern and texture, to represent their own ideas and feelings. Children will focus on the work of artists, craftspeople, other cultures, and sculptors and designers by asking and answering questions, such as: ‘What is it like?’ ‘What do I?
In Key Stage 2 children will develop their techniques, including their control and their use of materials with creativity, experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art and craft. Children will create sketch books to record observations and use them to review and revisit ideas. In Key Stage 2 children will be encouraged to improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials. The children will learn about great artists, architects and designers in history. In both the Key Stages the children will look at the elements of: Shape, form, space, colour, tone, texture, pattern and lines.
Pupils at St Clare’s will be able to use a range of materials to design and make products. Children will gain skills that enable them to use drawing, painting and sculpture to share their ideas, experiences and imagination. Children will create sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas, and collect visual material to help them to develop their ideas. At St Clare’s children will develop techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space using clay and printing to a large scale and in 3D. Children improve their mastery of techniques, such as drawing, painting and sculpture with materials (e.g. pencil, charcoal, paint, clay). Children have an awareness of the work of a range of artists and craftsmen in history, and will be able to describe the differences and similarities between different art forms.