At Dalestorth we use the 'Inspire' planning scheme to structure our Art & Design lessons. The different aspects of Art & Design are covered during a 2 year cycle within each teaching team (EYFS, Years 1 & 2, Years 3 & 4 and Years 5 & 6) and we strive to ensure that the children build on, develop and progress their knowledge, skills and confidence in Art & Design as they move through school.
During each 2 year cycle the children should cover the following aspects of Art & Design: drawing, painting, collage, 3D construction, printmaking, textiles and ICT. We also want to ensure every child has the opportunity to experience and explore a wide range of art media during their time at Dalestorth, including paint, chalk, charcoal, pastels, sketching pencils, clay, Modroc, wax crayons, ink, pencil crayons, photographs, fabric, natural materials (leaves etc), felt, collage, dyes, papier mache, sponges and so on.
In January we held our whole school Art Week. Each class enjoyed finding out about the life & work of a different artist and created their own pieces of artwork using a variety of art mediums. The children had great fun exploring how they could use different art mediums to produce various effects and textures and loved being given the opportunity to find out more about their chosen artist. Everyone worked so hard and at the end of the week each class created a display in the hall to showcase what they had been learning about
At Dalestorth we try and promote a love of Art & Design outside of the school day as well as during our lessons. We often have art and craft clubs running after school for children from Year 1 to Year 6 at different times throughout the year. Below are a few pictures taken during an art club for Years 3 & 4.
We also give the children lots of opportunities to get involved in external art competitions where they can showcase their talents to a wider audience.
Our latest competition was for White Post Farm where the children had to design a birthday card to celebrate the farm's 30th birthday. We have had some beautiful entries so well done everyone! The children have really let their creativity shine through and we were very impressed with the amount of effort they had put into their designs. There is a mixture of super drawings, imaginative use of collage materials and even a poem and a joke! Here are some photos of the children's entries:
Arts Award is a range of national qualifications available for young people up to the age of 25 and aims to promote a deeper understanding of a variety of art forms. During Spring Term 2 and Summer Term 1 we will be running an after school club for children to take part in the introductory level of Arts Award called Discover. To achieve Arts Award Discover the children will collect evidence in an individual arts log to demonstrate their experiences of participating in arts activities, researching artists & their work and sharing their arts discoveries. At the end of the project the children’s arts logs will be internally assessed and moderated and they will receive an Arts Award Discover certificate to celebrate their achievement, certified by Trinity College London.
We are initially offering this exciting opportunity to a group of children in Years 3 & 4 who have shown an interest in Art and arts activities in their class and hope to open it up to more children next year, so keep an eye out if you are interested!
For our Arts Award Discover we have been learning about different types of art forms. We now know that art isn't just about drawing & painting and we have been thinking about the art forms we encounter in our everyday lives such as films, music, photography & drama.
In our art club we have been exploring a variety of arts & crafts and experimenting with different techniques. We have done some printmaking, origami, paper weaving and got very messy investigating bubble & splatter painting!
We have also been learning about different artists and their work. We have found out all about the French painter Georges Seurat who created the Pointillism technique and had a go at making our own dot paintings. We also learnt all about the Spanish artist Pablo Picasso and his Cubism artwork. We created our own salt dough faces in the style of Cubism which was great fun!
Finally we shared what we had enjoyed and learnt during our Arts Award sessions with our friends and got presented with our well deserved certificates in assembly. Well done everyone!
We are currently looking into ways to further develop and enhance our Art & Design provision in school. Check back here soon for updates on our whole school journey towards achieving Artsmark!