Here you will find information on how Art is taught at Mudeford Junior School. At Mudeford Junior School, we believe that children should have access to a full, stimulating, well-structured curriculum. We aim for all children to develop their ability to explore and experiment with different resources, materials and art techniques as well as being able to discuss and evaluate their own and other’s work.
“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.” National Curriculum (2014)
Although Art is a timetabled subject in it’s own right, here at Mudeford Junior School we take every opportunity to enhance the learning and practice of art skills. There is a wealth of cross curricular links and various activities in other subjects. Some of the activities are listed below:
· Community arts project at the Regent Centre
· Various local and national art competitions
· Display work
· Art Club (after school)
· Working with visiting artists (performing and visual)
· Creating artwork for a school exhibition
· Art work for assemblies and school performances?
· Community Cohesion Week
· Global Awareness week
· Fair Trade Week
Year group planning
During the children’s time within our school they will cover the 6 major art areas: sketching and drawing, painting, modelling, textiles, printing and collage. Within the lower Juniors these 6 key areas are taught and then in the Upper Juniors these are revisited, reinforced and developed further. Please see our curriculum map. Throughout the art topics the children are encouraged to collect, experiment and evaluate in their sketch books. They also collect photographic evidence of themselves working or of their final pieces. Computing plays a part in every topic, whether it is to research a particular artist, creating a piece using one of our design programmes or to use interactive resources (such as virtual gallery tools).
The new planning not only incorporates all of the necessary art skills but also has been written to compliment the Year groups Humanities (Geography and History) topics. For example; Year 4 Autumn term have the Topic, 'Our European Neighbours – Spain.' Their art topic is Collage which uses Salvador Dali (a Spanish artist) as inspiration.