Art and Design

We believe that Art provides children with a range of quality experiences which captivate and motivate them, allowing them to creatively explore various subjects including many of the topics they are learning in class.

Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. A high-quality
art and design education should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with
the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and
design. As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more
rigorous understanding of art and design. They should also know how art and design both
reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our
nation.

Aims

  • The national curriculum for art and design aims to ensure that all pupils: 
  • produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences 
  • become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques 
  • evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design 
  • know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and 
  • cultural development of their art forms.

At Sinai we aim to give children a wide variety of high quality art experiences, using a wide range of media for drawing, painting, printing, collage and sculpture that engage and challenge our pupils. Our schemes of work often take inspiration from artists, styles and cultures from around the world.

Current practice:
Each class receives one lesson of art fortnightly; which lasts approximately 90 minutes. During these lessons children have all the equipment laid out in front of them so that they can make the most of the time they have.
Our specialist Art teacher, Mr Anders, provides visual examples of what he hopes each child will aspire to create during their lesson and then provides them with step by step instructions and demonstrations.
The goal of the lessons is to teach children core skills (including drawing, painting, sculpture and ceramics), whilst at the same time allowing children to express their individuality and to enable them to reach their full potential.

During Art lessons children learn to:

• Draw from observation.
• How to apply mark making.
• How to mix and blend colours.
• How to apply the tonal scale.
• How to collage
• How to paint
• How to sculpt with clay
• How to evaluate their and others work
• How to create original artwork
• How to press print

Useful links
National curriculum for Art Key stage 1 & 2.

Key Artists studied at school:
• Van Gogh
• Paul Klee
• Jim Dine
• Henri Matisse
• Wassily Kandinsky
• Friedensreich Hundertwasser
• Keith Haring
• Joan Miro
• Andy Warhol
• Pablo Picasso
• Marc Chagall

Galleries we visit

Tate Modern 
Tate Britain 
Royal Academy 

How parents can help at home:
1. Find out what children are learning in class and ask them to teach you what they have learnt.

2. Take your children to Art galleries or craft markets.

3. Provide your children with a box of simple art materials including a 2B pencil, sharpener, rubber, some watercolour paints and a few short handle brushes. Plus lots of recyclable materials like toilet rolls, bottle lids, old wrapping paper and some PVA glue.

4. Encourage your children to bring in work they have made at home or photos of what they have done.

 

 

 

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