Art and Design Curriculum Intent Statement
“I think that each one of us is born with creativity.” – Maya Angelou
“Great art picks up where nature ends.” – Marc Chagall
Purpose of Study
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 reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation. – The National Curriculum
Our Art and Design curriculum has been designed to allow children to develop knowledge and skills that progress as they move through their education. Art is a universal language that allows children to explore and develop their ideas and emotions, despite any barriers they may be facing. The artistic process is one of creativity and nurture – allowing children to explore and experiment with their creativity, all whilst nurturing their soul. Art stimulates both sides of the brain, increasing the capacity for concentration, pattern-spotting and memory as well as building upon social skills, self-esteem and self-love.
At the core of Art and Design at Southborough is an opportunity for children to develop a true enjoyment of and engagement with the creative arts, through topics that interest and inspire them. Art and Design will be linked to our Harmony Curriculum, and allow children to explore the links art has to all other subjects and wider aspect of our lives as a whole. Children will have the opportunities to explore artists from a diverse range of backgrounds and be inspired to create their own responses.
Every year group will have opportunities to experiment with drawing, painting, printing, textiles/collage and 3D form. The curriculum is progressive and builds upon prior knowledge and skills as they move throughout the school, developing mastery by the time they reach the end of Key Stage 2.
Every child will have a sketchbook that they begin in Year 1 and take with them as they progress through their school life, so they can look back and be proud of their continuing journey as an artist.