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Art and Design

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Welcome to Art at Ravenswood!

We take pride in the way the curriculum is covered at Ravenswood and try to ensure that we provide exciting topics for the children to learn all of the different subjects through.

In our Nursery and Reception years, the children spend a great deal of time experimenting with different media, creating pictures, models and other pieces through the Expressive Arts and Design area of the Early Years curriculum. When children reach Year 1, they start to follow the National Curriculum and there are certain key skills that they need to learn.

 

Through art, our children learn about visual and tactile expression and communication. The main areas we cover are:

  • Expressing ideas, emotions, observations and experiences in images,
  • Developing creativity and imagination,
  • Using colour, form, texture and patterns,
  • Using materials and processes,
  • Understanding, appreciating, respecting and enjoying other people’s visual expressions,
  • The work of artists, craftspeople and designers from a range of different and similar cultures,
  • Functions of the visual arts in people’s lives now and in the past.

In addition to the characteristics of learning that are embedded throughout our school, learning and environment there are is specific knowledge, key skills and understanding of the concepts which our children gain through their study. These can be summarised as the main areas:

  • Enquiry
  • Designing 
  • Making
  • Techniques
  • Materials
  • Interpretation
  • Evaluation
  • Communication

By the end of Year 1 and 2, most children should:  

By the end of Year 3 and 4, most children should: 

By the end of Year 5 and 6, most children should: 

  • Know about some of the forms used by artists in their work,
  • Be able to use a variety of materials and processes,
  • Be able to suggest ways of improving their own work,
  • Be able to comment on works of art,
  • Understand that the work of artists can be seen in a wide variety of places and situations.
  • Know how a number of artists use forms, materials and processes to suit their purpose, 
  • Know about some of the work of artists in the United Kingdom,
  • Be able to use art as a means of self-expression,
  • Be able to choose materials and techniques which are appropriate for their task,
  • Be able to explain their own work in terms of what they have done and why,
  • Be able to talk about works of art, giving reasons for their opinions.
  • Know that the study of art is concerned with visual and tactile expression and communication,
  • Know how artists, craftspeople and designers from a variety of traditions use materials, forms and techniques to express their emotions, observations and experiences,
  • Be able to use a wide variety of materials, forms and techniques to express their emotions, observations and experiences,
  • Be able to communicate through visual and tactile forms,
  • Be able to improve their own work,
  • Be able to make judgements about works of art, showing understanding, appreciation, respect and enjoyment as appropriate,
  • Be able to consider works of art in terms of meaning, design, materials, technique, place and time,
  • Understand that the work of artists is influenced by their environment and that artists have an effect on the environment.