Our Art Story
At Old Clee Primary Academy, our aim is for every child to develop an
appreciation of art and the confidence to see themselves as an artist.
National Curriculum Intent
The national curriculum for art and design aims to ensure that all pupils:
At Old Clee, we aim for the children to experience and study a wide range of art from a diverse selection of artists through a structured sequence of lessons; focus artists include both traditional world-renowned artists and local and modern day artists and represent diversity in terms of nationality, gender and race. There are many opportunities for pupils to see, experience and appreciate different styles of art – whether it be physically, first hand, via printouts or online. It is important that the children understand the artists’ styles as their work is inspired by the artists being studied; the children are provided with opportunities to recreate various pieces in the style of the focus artists and are then given the creative freedom to take inspiration and enjoy developing and refining their own work. A supportive learning environment is created in order for the children to develop the confidence to take pride in their own artistic achievements and embrace their mistakes as an essential part of their ongoing experimentation and progression. Revisiting techniques and styles offers opportunities for the children to learn, understand and embed their knowledge and skills set in their long term memory. Evaluation skills are developed throughout the artistic process as the children are taught and encouraged to use technical vocabulary through critical discussion when analysing and evaluating the work of established artists and their peers as well as their own. Art is subject to the artist’s opinion; art is therefore a subject for all of the children to be immersed in and enjoy.
Interleaving the six forms of art allows each area to be introduced, explored, revisited and refined to ensure the children are able to deepen their understanding of techniques and styles and discuss and communicate more technically about their learning.
Engaging and vibrant themed displays showcase the art studied and produced by the children across the school. These displays celebrate the work of the children as artists, offer inspiration to others and provide an insight into what the different year groups are learning.
An example of skills progression within our Art curriculum – A2 To master techniques, Printing
The impact and measure of Art at Old Clee is that our children will leave the school having experienced different forms of art from a diverse range of artists. They will be prepared to face the challenges of the KS2/3 curriculum with confidence, displaying the qualities of resilience and perseverance as they continually evaluate and strive to improve upon their own achievements. They will be equipped with the knowledge, skills and understanding to respond to art confidently within the wider world using technical vocabulary to offer and justify opinions, and will have the life-long confidence to enjoy the artistic process of selecting and using different materials and techniques to create and refine their own artwork and to celebrate their own artistic accomplishments.
If you were to walk into an Art lesson at Old Clee, you would see:
What does being an Artist mean at Old Clee?
Year 5 pupil: ‘Learning about artists and doing art.’
Year 6 pupil: ‘Creativity and creating art pieces. Also, researching different artists.’
What do you think of your Art lessons?
Year 5 pupil: ‘I really like art lessons. I like the different sorts of art we do – tonnes instead of one type.’
Year 6 pupil: ‘They are good lessons. We’ve learnt about artists and got to do their art styles.’
What would you like to improve about being an artist in your Art lessons?
Year 5 pupil: ‘We could draw more to improve. We’ve learnt a lot of facts.’
Year 6 pupil: ‘To be able to figure out a style in our own ways.’