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."
Collages inspired by the work of Andy Goldsworthy
Children used different media, including paint and cray-pas to create pictures of flint stones following a visit to Norfolk.
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.
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.
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.
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.