Art Statement of Intent
Our teaching of Art at Knightlow provides opportunities to experience and explore materials, skills and techniques in different ways. Our pupils will have regular opportunities to engage with different art forms using sketching, painting, sculpting, printing and working with digital media. They will have the opportunity to create art inspired by famous artists and their style of work. We provide all pupils with the skills and knowledge to create pieces of work they can reflect on, refine and be proud of. Pupils will also be encouraged to recognise how they can improve work and recognise the progression they have made.
We provide regular interesting, diverse and cross curricular art opportunities through whole school and home art challenges, as well as through themed art weeks, projects and visits, including learning and experiencing art forms from around the world. The stories4schools project is embedded into our whole school curriculum and provides pupils with the opportunity to be published illustrators.
We want every pupil to discover what they like and what art and media inspires them to be creative. We will encourage pupils to use their imagination powers and explore and express themselves through the arts, as well provide opportunities for collaborative working. We strive to inspire pupils to be creative through art challenges, as well as through our everyday curriculum.
We believe it is important for children to gain the confidence to see themselves as artists. We want them to leave our school with an abundance of wonderful memories of creative experiences that they have had. We also want our pupils to leave us with the knowledge, skills and learning capacities to tackle creative and artistic challenges in the future, taking pride in their progression and the art work they have produced over their time at Knightlow.
At Knightlow we love expressing ourselves through the Arts and to reflect this we have achieved Artsmark Gold and are working on sharing our best practice in order to gain Platinum, 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. Lots of art is also linked to cross curricular learning themes and topics.
Every year our stories4schools project involves us creating illustrations and stories that go into a published book. Every child in the school is involved in this project and each year children have produced some wonderful creative and imaginative stories and artwork.
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 where pupils designed and created Joseph's Technicolour Dreamcoat which was used in our whole School performance and is on display in school. 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 our Art Gallery Area displays children's work. Our Arts Ambassadors help judge the artwork on display as well as plan and lead art projects, most recently our Artsmark Sharing Workshop.
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. We have also launched our own 'Take one Picture' using Sharon Cresswell's Warwickshire landscapes as inspiration for a whole school art project. Sharon led workshops for every class and children produced their own local landscape designs for our stories4schools book.
Mrs Cathy Amos-Simpson
Art Subject Leader