Art and Design Technology
Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.
Thomas Merton, Monk
An introduction from our Art and Design Technology Lead - Miss Childs
Longlands endeavours to foster creativity and develop children’s imagination, as well as placing children’s wellbeing at the centre of what we do. We aim to have children exposed to different art and cultures and become excited about this. School values encourage arts for all, providing opportunities to express individuality and become life-long confident, independent and resilient learners that stay with them in their future careers. Each class focusses on teaching the children about growth mind-set, leaving their comfort zone and stepping into their stretch zone to take risks. This is reminded to children in Art lessons, where children may have the attitude that they can’t do something, however are encouraged to experiment and feel safe taking risks through Art. Longlands intend for our pupils to be proud of their artwork and for it to be celebrated across the school: through galleries, displays and in an Arts cabin on the playground.
Our class names are all named after artists that are from a diverse background and include different styles of art for children to learn about and experiment with specific techniques. Through the Power of Reading scheme, children use Art to develop their understanding of the text and explore characters and settings in more detail, to then help increase attainment in reading and writing. Art lessons have cross-curricular links to the Power of Reading scheme. For example, when reading ‘Out and About’ in Years 1 and 2, KS1 focussed on patterns in nature. Through a series of Art lessons linked to the Power of Reading, children are able to spend more time on the process of their artwork, through learning about the inspiration and specific techniques to practise before focussing on producing a final piece. Art lessons enable children to demonstrate a progression of skills across the Key Stages: materials, line, form, shape and space, colour, texture, pattern, sculpture, creating art in a style of an artist, recognising art from other cultures. Creativity is also a skill that is embedded across the school as part of our Skills Builder partnership.
At Longlands, children are encouraged to experiment with tools and techniques to convey their ideas and from this, independently choose which would be most suitable for their creation. Art skills are taught from Reception, helping to meet Early Learning Goals. Many skills in Art, such as shape and space, link to the Maths curriculum. Outside of cross-curricular Art lessons, we endeavour to participate in competitions both internally and externally and expose children to different artwork.
Children at Longlands leave our school being able to design, create, model, adapt and evaluate their artwork, continuously reflecting on the successes of their work in order to. Children should be able to articulate their knowledge of the skills they have learnt across the Key Stages and have confidence to participate and persevere in Art, showing a growth mindset to adapt when their art does not go to plan. Through different opportunities provided, children are aware of different artists in History and from around the world, understanding the affect they have had.