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Art at St Joseph’s

We believe that art is profoundly important for the full development of the individual because it deals with ideas, feelings and experiences visually and develops a language of visual, tactile and spatial responses, which create and sustain images.

Art is a vehicle of communication in which all pupils at St Joseph’s can clarify their ideas, thoughts and experiences.

We believe that all children should be given the opportunity to express themselves through their art and to be given focused time and instruction in a range of techniques and media.

To this end we believe that:

  1. Art and Design should have a special slot in the curriculum
  2. Art and Design should be an integral part of other curriculum subjects to extend and enrich them.

We aim to provide a broad and balanced art curriculum showing continuity and progression by integrating;

  1. Art and Design knowledge
  2. Skills and understanding.

We believe in guiding our young pupils through the world of art, design and culture so that they can discover its fascination and richness. We can do this by linking our sessions with an ongoing reference to the art world, both ancient, classical, modern and multi-cultural. By looking at works of art and talking about them, children can begin to appreciate the diversity of style and openly discuss their preferences using art related language. We understand that children need to be exposed to a variety of materials and expressive activities to develop techniques.

All children are given the opportunity to experiment with techniques and develop their own style and skills competently with guidance and demonstration to ensure progression.

Our strategies:

We have a wide range of materials for the children to use and our art sessions can incorporate practice in;

  • sketching and observational drawing
  • painting
  • modelling
  • Textiles
  • print making
  • collage
  • 3-D construction
  • Digital media

Monitoring: Every term we assess how well the children have performed in their art skills (emerging, expected & greater depth) this show us how well the children are performing. The art Leader then collates this information and uses that, as well as information from monitoring teachers’ plans, lessons and children’s work to ensure our provision and pupil outcomes are the very best they can be. Any next steps to move the subject and the children’s learning forward are fed into the Art Leader’s action plan, which is part of the whole school development plan.