An interactive timed drawing gameQuick Draw
At Eppleton Academy Primary School our aim is for children to be given broad and varied experiences to explore colour, texture, form, pattern through the use of different materials, media and processes. Through their experiences of art and exposure to a diverse variety of artists, we believe children’s creativity, imagination and inventiveness will be stimulated to provide and develop skills, conceptual knowledge and understanding necessary to express responses to ideas and experiences and provide opportunities for personal expression. It is our belief that art fires imagination and encourages personal expression enabling our children to communicate what they see, feel and think.
Our children will gain experience and skills of a wide range of formal elements of art in a way that will enhance their learning opportunities. While art is essentially a practical subject, lessons provide opportunities for reflection and with increasing sensitivity, pupils acquire the ability to make informed, critical responses of their own work and that of others. Our lessons are designed in a way that ensures skill progression and sequenced to enable previous learning to be built upon.
In addition, we welcome opportunities for our children to work with real-life artists, on community projects broadening their experiences and opportunities beyond the classroom. This has so far included work with a Kite artist, a local card making and craft group and glass artist.
“Art is not just a subject to learn, but an activity that you can practise with your hands, your eyes, your whole personality. “
At Eppleton art is designed to be sequential using a range of media such as books, stories, photographs and film clips as a stimulus, encouraging children to form and express opinions about what they have seen. New techniques and resource experiences are effectively modelled, then opportunities are given for children to explore and experiment independently building up a skills base to reach and end piece.
In Early Years, art is very much experimental, with a range of different mediums being available for exploration of colour, mark making, collage, modelling and crafting. Recording of the children’s creations is through photographic and observational evidence in learning journals also beginning to use a floorbook in Reception class.
In Key Stages 1 & 2, the use of floorbooks is used to document learning, including pupil voice and photographs of pupils putting developing skills into practice. They also begin to use sketchbooks to document learning. Sketchbooks are used as a working document where they work directly into their book, where they can experiment and develop techniques to reach their final piece. Where work can not be completed directly into sketch books, photographic evidence is used.
Children are encouraged to critically evaluate their work, considering likes, dislikes, future improvements, preferences of materials, mediums and artists work.
Currently art is taught as a discrete subject, however links are made to other areas of the curriculum where possible and appropriate to do so.
Art lessons are planned using the National Curriculum and the school’s progression document. Eppleton Academy Primary also subscribe to Kapow Primary Art, which is used and adapted to support the planning and delivery of art across the school. Stimuli for art projects are through online links with national art galleries, youtube and physical mediums. Teachers are responsible for selecting appropriate content and materials to ensure learning and skill development is progressive and of high quality, whilst providing stimulating and practical learning experiences for our children where trial and error of skill practice is encouraged and celebrated.
An interactive timed drawing gameQuick Draw
Drawing and sketching projects for the whole familyThe Big Draw
Access fun art activities on the Tate Kids website.Tate Kids
Get stuck in with these online art tutorials you can easily follow at home.The National Gallery
Our programmes and resources use portraiture to support learning across the curriculum focussing on History, Art, Literacy, PHSE and Citizenship. Discover our Digital Resources which explore Portraiture through our Collection and Exhibitions to support school and home based learning.The National Portrait Gallery
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