Art Curriculum Intent
At Stillness Infant School we value art and creativity (UK leaders of creativity). Our vision is that every child has access to an engaging, challenging and inspiring art education, develops the confidence to express themselves and has the opportunity to discover their talents. Our ambitious curriculum ensures that our children learn the knowledge and skills they need to enable them to create their own works or art, craft and design.
- Values like creativity, perseverance and determination are embedded throughout the creative process. We create art as a whole school which we showcase to the community through exhibitions, sculptures and installations for events (Remembrance day, Christmas, Covid 19), bringing the school together to express our value of community.
- We want all children to learn about a range of diverse artists (gender, ethnic, cultural and disabled) including Yoyoi Kusama, Yinka Shonibare, Anni Albers, Louise Bourgeois and Kandinsky, that reflect and celebrate the diverse backgrounds and cultures of our school. Our curriculum is designed to enable disadvantaged children, or children with SEND or EAL to develop their knowledge and skills and feel proud of their creations. Disadvantaged children are given the opportunity to explore their ideas experiences and imagination through our high quality Art Club.
- We want all children to benefit from the wellbeing that can come from being creative or in flow.
- Our ambitious art curriculum, is designed so that knowledge and skills are taught sequentially and built on each year. Children are able to use the skills they develop across the curriculum. All children are supported to achieve a successful outcome.
- Our children learn to communicate the skills and techniques they use with greater fluency. They are able to discuss a range of great artists and craftmakers, describing their different practices and disciplines and making links to their own work. Children develop an understanding of how to evaluate and critique their own work. High quality art books are available for all children to access in our art library. Our children learn about illustrators like Axel Scheffler and Eric Carle, which deepen their knowledge, understanding and connection to some well-loved stories.
- We maximise our close proximity to central London and the cultural capital that London offers by broadening the experiences of all children. These include trips to the Horniman museum and the Tate Modern, providing children with rich opportunities for artistic experiences.
This fantastic art project during lockdown in 2021 was part of the Year 1 ‘Unique UK’ topic. Inspired by the dragon emblem on the Welsh flag, the children designed and made a dragon’s eye sculpture from air drying clay. They looked at the scale textures of different creatures and thought about how they could recreate them in clay. The children designed their dragon’s eye on paper first. Some children wanted to create a fire, ice or rainbow dragon. They experimented making different marks in the clay with tools such as paper clips, straws and lolly sticks. The clay was then moulded into an oval shape before pushing a coloured glass eye into the clay and creating an eyebrow to add expression. They then followed their design and covered the clay with different scale patterns. Once the clay had dried and hardened the children were able to paint their creations following their designs. We even showed them how to make their own paint at home!