At kelvin Grove Primary School, art is a highly valued subject and we are proud to be an Artsmark Gold school. Art lessons are designed to challenge, enthuse and inspire children, whilst deepening their learning in cross-curricular studies. Pupils develop their own unique styles by making individual art as well as collaborating on larger scale group pieces. We help broaden pupils’ experience and passion through the use of workshops where we welcome artists within the community to work on class projects.
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
Art Lead: Mrs Hann
Since I was a little girl, I have always had a passion for creating things. Every Birthday and Christmas my wish list was always an array of art crafts. I remember my first pottery kit and making my first flower vase from clay and decorating it. I thought it was a masterpiece. I spent most of my childhood drawing, painting, and creating something out of nothing. Art allows me to express myself and being open to how things may turn out different from what you originally wanted them to.
Art Lead: Mr Couling
Although when growing up I always loved drawing and painting, it was when I started travelling that I really fell in love with art. Visiting museums like the Louvre, Guggenheim and Baltic, as well as being among Gaudi’s architecture in Barcelona, all inspired me and encouraged me to be creative in my day-to-day life. I find artists, as well as their artwork, fascinating and love conveying this to the children at school. My favourite thing about art, though, is how it allows children to express themselves in new and interesting ways, and the ‘wow’ factor they have when seeing something different for the first time.
Kelvin Grove currently hold an Artsmark ‘Gold Award’.
Artsmark is the only creative quality standard for schools and education settings, accredited by Arts Council England. It supports settings and recognises those which celebrate their commitment to arts and cultural education for all children and young people. It helps helps embed arts, culture and creativity to support a broad and ambitious curriculum, strengthen pupil voice and support personal progression.
Art Skills and Progression
At Kelvin Grove, we ensure key art skills are taught in all aspects of artwork. We created a whole school document to ensure clear progression of skills is evident across each year group. The areas we focus on are as follows:
- Print Making
In order to ensure a broad range of artists are being covered we have created our own artist spine with an additional resource which teachers use to support all areas of the curriculum.