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. Here are some of the super entries to our latest competitions:
To mark 100 years since the end of World War 1 the children took part in a 'Paint a Poppy Challenge'. Each class chose a different type of art media and the children created their own poppy pictures. The FS2 children in Lions & Tigers worked together to create an amazing collage poppy, while the Year 1 & 2 children in Bobcats, Pumas & Panthers used pencil crayons and wax crayons to create their individual poppy pictures. The Year 3 Wildcats used watercolour paints, the Year 3 & 4 children in Lynx chose pastels and the Year 4 Cougars created chalk poppies. The Year 5 Jaguars made some beautiful origami poppies, the Year 5 Cheetahs chose tissue paper to collage their pictures and the Year 6 Leopards used paint to create their poppy designs. Thanks for all your hard work everyone, the school hall looks fantastic with all your poppies up on display!
Gloria De Piero, the MP for Ashfield and Eastwood, invited us to take part in a competition to design a Christmas card for her to send across the constituency this Christmas. Here are our brilliant designs.
Congratulations to Olivia in Year 3 who has won Gloria's annual competition with her fantastic Christmas tree design. Well done Olivia!
To celebrate Roald Dahl Day the children were given the opportunity to design their own bug buddy to accompany James and the rest of his crew aboard the Giant Peach! There were some fantastic designs and really imaginative ideas. I'm sure James would be happy to travel with any of your bugs!
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 Autumn Term 2 & Spring 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.
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. In our first session, we experimented with textured art and created our own colourful fireworks pictures using salt, glue and paint. We then explored printmaking by creating our own collagraphs using different craft materials such as string, matchsticks & bubblewrap. We were really pleased with the prints our collagraphs made on the paper once we'd added paint with a roller! We have also had great fun getting messy creating bubble paintings. We mixed washing up liquid into paint and used a straw to blow bubbles in it. We then printed the bubbles onto paper to create our designs.
To achieve our Arts Award, we also have to find out about different artists and their work. We have researched the French painter Georges Seurat and created our own pictures using his pointillism technique (painting with dots).
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!