At Knightlow we love expressing ourselves through the Arts, particularly through Art and Design. Our children have produced some wonderful imaginative and creative pieces and this has been evident not only through art work in sketchbooks and on display in classrooms, but through work produced at home as part of whole school home art challenges. These challenges are launched regularly in order to inspire, excite and enthuse our children to be creative and experiment with art techniques and skills learnt at school. Teaching is supported and enhanced by the scheme of work 'Art Express'. A scheme that develops art skills and techniques in exciting ways, through a whole range of materials and projects.
Earlier this year our stories4schools project focus was on illustrations with the theme of local landscape. It enabled and inspired pupils to produce some excellent pieces of work for our Gallery event in the summer term and for our published books.
At Knightlow we feel that it is important to challenge and develop our most gifted pupils and they have had opportunities to develop their skills through extra curricular clubs using photography with professional artist Faye Chambers, forest art and still life drawing. Developing textiles skills with our KS2 textiles club was a particular focus this year and pupils designed and created Joseph's Technicolour Dreamcoat which was used in our whole School performance. Pupils have also visited local galleries and workshops at local secondary schools too.
We feel that celebrating our children's fantastic work is very important and we now have an Art Gallery Area to display children's work. Our Arts Ambassadors help judge the artwork on display. Already this year the children have produced some fantastic art work inspired by our 'Leaf Man' art challenge and recent work on display is from a nature themed home art challenge, Roald Dahl inspired work and most recently World Art. Recent projects have included a digital art comic strip challenge linked to our whole school literacy project on 'Traction Man' and last year we began the year with Quentin Blake and Roald Dahl sketching challenge as part of our literacy project 'Roald Dahl 100'. We also launched a global themed art challenge focussing on art from around the world and local landscape too. We have been lucky enough to have local artists involved in our Arts Week focussing on local landscape which have inspired our stories4schools illustrations.
We are also regularly involved in the 'Take one Picture' project run by The National Gallery. This has been a success in previous years- even having our work inspired by Georges Seurat 'The Bathers' being selected for display at the gallery. This year we launched our own school 'Take one Picture' using Sharon Cresswell's Warwickshire landscapes as inspiration for a whole school art project. Our art work is on display following our stories4schools book launch event.
Mrs Cathy Amos-Simpson
Art Subject Leader