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Welcome to Art and Design at Highfields!

At Highfields Primary School we really value the creative curriculum. Through topic work in the classroom, children have the opportunity to develop their Art skills in key areas such as drawing, clay, textiles, sculpture, painting, print making and collage. These areas are developed continuously throughout the school from foundation stage through to year 6. Ofsted (July 2016) found that, "...due to the high-quality teaching they receive, pupils are confident and creative in their art work. They can clearly explain the techniques they use and have a broad knowledge of a range of artists and sculptors."

 

We encourage children to be inspired by the work of great artists, engage in a wide range resources and media, to be inventive and creative. We develop critical thinking making links with art to other areas of the curriculum and also the contribution it makes on culture and the world around us. In our recent outstanding Ofsted report the inspectors found that Highfields pupils develop their ..."art and sculpture skills but also a deeper knowledge of the lives and times of the artists that they study."

We take great pride in displaying the children’s art work around the school and also show our art work at The Tendring Summer Show along with other local schools.

 

Tendring Show 2017- Our award winning display-we were 1st in the Primary category- so proud to showcase our lovely work!

Tendring Show 2017- Our award winning display-we were 1st in the Primary category- so proud to showcase our lovely work! 1 Tendring Show 2017
Tendring Show 2017- Our award winning display-we were 1st in the Primary category- so proud to showcase our lovely work! 2 Tendring Show 2017
Tendring Show 2017- Our award winning display-we were 1st in the Primary category- so proud to showcase our lovely work! 3 Tendring Show 2017- Reception Egg box Monet
We are so proud of every bit of art work in this display- here you can see beautiful Bayeux Tapestry sections, marvellous Munnings style horse watercolours and exciting Eyptian Gods and Godesses. Fantastic art work, and all linked creatively to the topics the children cover in school. I'm sure you'll agree that Art at Highfields is outstanding, and we're so pleased that Ofsted agreed!
In this photo you can see our Reception version of Monet's Poppy fields. We used cardboard egg boxes as this helped to created light and shade within the painting and gave it a real feeling of depth and perspective.
Autumn Term 2017
All classes have been very busy producing some wonderful Art work during the Autumn Term of 2017. Mr Smith Smiths Class made delightful boats scenes linked to their topic on the Mayflower. These delightful collages were produced in two ways- brusho made a lovely fluid sea with super colours that really reflected movement in the ocean. The second were made using dollops of thick paint and cling film with children rubbing the cling film to get a real sense of movement in their paintings. Lots of textures and ideas- lovely to see!
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Mrs Allston and Mrs Coles class- made pilgrim portraits also linked to the topic of The Mayflower. All those brave people off to battle the seas to find the new world!
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William Morris workshop for Year 5 pupils

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These finished prints look amazing outside the Y5 classrooms- Well done all- what a great experience and it really shows the progression between the Y2's drawings in the style of William Morris to the wood block style print in Y5.
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Collages inspired by the work of Andy Goldsworthy

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Children used different media, including paint and cray-pas to create pictures of flint stones following a visit to Norfolk. 

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Children in Year 5 class looked at the work of artist L.S. Lowry, and then created their own sculptures.

 

We wanted to include these key skills in our art work:

·         To use the past as a source of artistic inspiration.

·         To evaluate and analyse creative works

·         To research the work of an artist and replicate their style.

·         To represent figures and forms in movement.

 

The figures were then assembled into a three dimensional Lowry inspired landscape.

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Super work from Y5 on Lowry and I thought it would be great to see that in Reception we also study great British artists- we also studied the work of Lowry during our work on Houses and Homes. It is of course really important to see progression across the year groups and this is a super example of how the same artist can be studied in very different ways.

 

In FS we took rubbings outside of different materials using the colour palette of Lowry. We then used these rubbings in flat geometric shapes to help create a 2D mixed media collage.  We talked about the factories, churches, and skies over his landscape- and off course his matchstick people and matchstick cats and dogs (and yes, we also sang the song!)

Here are some of our super Foundation versions of the same painting.

 

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Art Gallery- Just a few examples of some of the great displays of creative work during this Academic Year. Well done everyone- you make our school look so bright with your creative learning. We are glad that Ofsted also enjoyed our art displays as their report states, "Displays are bright, vibrant celebrations of pupils' successful leaning." They certainly are- well done everyone for your super learning in Art, and other curriculum displays across the whole school.
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Amazing Stone Henge Pictures- great tonal use of light and shadow.
Picture 1 Learning about history through art in Year 3.
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We have an Art and craft focus day at Easter where pupil’s family members and carers can come and join them in school to make Easter crafts. The children love to share this experience with their family and show some of the skills they have learnt at school.

Tendring Show 2015
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Art & Design Curriculum - Yrs 1-6

Highfields Art Skills Progression Map

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