In this section we explain how we teach art at St George's. In the link on the page you will also find:
Our teaching plan
Being an Artist at St George’s School means;
- Exploring our creativity: We explore our ideas and record our experiences using different mediums and techniques. We want our children to work with paints, photography, collage, fine art drawing, ceramics, sculpture, textiles and other media.
- Become proficient in using different mediums to create and communicate: We develop technical skills in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques.
- Evaluate and analyse creative works: Art and Design involves a lot of analysis and evaluation of creative works. We will do this by:
- Exploring different creative works such as the work of other artists (historical and contemporary) Using and evaluating secondary sources such as information books, websites and documentaries.
- Creating questions for analysing and evaluating.
- Debating and discussing different creative works using the language of art, craft and design.
- Explore and appreciate the work of different artists: By the time we leave school, we should:
- Have a good understanding of the technical vocabulary used in art, craft and design.
- Have an understanding of the historical and cultural developments of different art forms.
- Have knowledge about some famous artists from history and their impact.
- Visited different galleries
- Developing our preferences, likes and dislikes. As artists we should have opinions about art and develop our own preferences.
- Sharing and producing art work. We want our school to be an environment that celebrates art. Whether in class, display boards, gallery events or even producing our work for community projects, we want our art work to enhance and improve our environment.
We learn about Art and Design because it enables us to understand how it reflects and shapes our history and contributes to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation. We ask question such as:
- How does art and design reflect and shape our history?
- Who were the important artists in history?
- How do I think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design?
- How did different artists and periods in the history of art and design compare? What was different?
- How can I investigate different artists?
Essential Key Skills
- Investigate artefacts, primary resources and secondary sources (Paintings, sculptures and drawings etc.) to develop an understanding of history.
- Evaluate and analyse creative works.
- Understand and use a wide range of subject specific vocabulary.
- Develop technical skills in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques.
Cross Curricular Links
Developing high quality art takes time and a determination to practise and master key skills. Artists regularly have to learn from mistakes and be willing to experiment.
Artistic expression can show great empathy and understanding. A lot of art focuses on key messages and empathy. This includes poverty, slavery and equality. Allowing children to communicate through art can develop feelings, understanding and empathy.
Children can communicate their self-awareness through art. That can include sculpture, portrait and photography. Artistic expression is a key opportunity to consider personal feelings and those of their audience.
Art is representative of differences in history, cultures, people and beliefs. I allows people to communicate their heritage and identity with positivity. Children should be taught an appreciation of how art represents diversity and positivity.
Art is a great field for excellence. It’s diversity also develops richness and personal choice. We want to ensure our children access excellence from a range of sources and times. This could include; Michelangelo Bouratti, Ruebens, Monet, Anthony Gormley and Beate Khun.
Communication and Teamwork
We believe that communication is the core aspect of all art. Children should be encouraged to develop the skills and confidence to communicate (not replicate) through art. We will develop teamwork through big pieces of art, encouraging children to design, construct and reflect in teams.
Speaking and Listening – Our children should use art and design as an opportunity to develop their vocabulary, ask questions; present information orally about their learning; undertake discussions; have debates, record podcasts etc.
Writing – There are numerous opportunities for high quality writing in art and design. These include; non chronological reports; explanations and developing high quality evaluative writing.
Reading – Our children will access a wide range of literature in art and design. This will include information texts; primary sources such as paintings, documents and diaries; information on computers and the internet.
Art is rich with mathematics. Below are some of the opportunities that we will find in the different mathematical domains:
Number and Problem Solving: Ratio and proportion when mixing different mediums such as oil paints.
Shape and Measure–Calculating the area and perimeter of regular and irregular shapes (Technical drawing). Calculating angles when designing and constructing models. Using grids to plot out specific areas on the canvas.
ICT and Computing
There are lots of opportunities for using ICT in art an design.
Present information. Children can collate art portfolios, blog images and edit photography.
Researching information. There is a wealth of online art resources. These include online galleries, 360 tours of galleries and information about famous artists etc.
Art and design as a creative output is intertwined with art and design. Art has inspired musicians, record sleeves etc.
Art reflects history but also lets us know about different eras, civilizations and cultures.