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.
So far this year we have taken part in:
Remember to keep an eye out for any future competitions. It's great when the children can get involved and we always celebrate their achievements in assembly. Kurtis Bancroft from Year 2 even came runner-up in the Christmas card competition with his fantastic drawing of Santa on a skateboard!
Amazing achievement, well done Kurtis
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!
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!