“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.”
At Brampton ‘The Ellis’ Primary School, we believe that art stimulates creativity, imagination and inventiveness. We believe that art gives our pupils the skills, concepts and knowledge necessary for them to express responses to ideas and experiences.
Art should enable the children to communicate what they see, feel and think. Children should experiment with their ideas, their use of colour, texture, form, pattern and different materials and processes.
We focus strongly on drawing, painting and sculpture as these three areas are vital to building a strong foundation for future learning. Through these areas, we enable our children to take some responsibility for their own learning journey, encouraging self-reflection through regular evaluation of their work. Through self-evaluation of work, children are taught how to be resilient to achieve their goals. We also look more widely at other techniques within our wider curriculum learning.
Progression in these disciplines is documented in our Art Progression Model
At KS2, we use sketchbooks to record experience and imagination to help the children develop their ideas and to show progression in their artistic ability. We encourage children to work on their own and to collaborate with others on projects in two and three dimensions and on small and large scales.
At Brampton ‘The Ellis’ Primary School, art is linked to topics and the wider curriculum: it gives children the opportunities to bring topics to life and can immerse the class in the wider cultural understanding.
Children also explore ideas and meanings through the work of artists and designers. We invite specialist artists in to work with the children, to inspire them and challenge their thinking and creativity. Introducing the children to a variety of artists, styles and cultures teaches the children how to respect differences from around the world.
We also have a very popular after school art club called ‘ish’ that runs twice a year. Here, children will learn about a particular artist and then create a piece of work in the style of that particular artist.
Andrew Foster - Expressive Arts and Design Team Leader
Emma Booker (KS2 Class Teacher), Tess Daniel (TA), Jo Law (TA), Vicki Tindle (TA), Lindsey Siddons (TA)