Art Curriculum Intent
At John Perry we believe that art is a significant and valuable part of the children’s education. It provides the opportunities needed to develop fine motor skills, observational skills and a critical understanding of the wider world.
We aim to give the children at John Perry a diverse and wide appreciation of art from a variety of cultures and from a plethora of artists, who themselves are assorted. The national Curriculum states that ‘A high quality art and design education should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art’
To become the renowned artist of tomorrow our children need to experience not only the visual elements of art (colours, shades, tones, patterns, shapes and lines) but also the tactile aspects of art (textiles, sculpture, collage and texture). Observing the works of artists who come from a variety of backgrounds and circumstances will enable the children to believe in themselves and their ability to achieve great works.
John Perry is aware of the rich and cultural heritages our pupils share. We want to embrace these cultures and, where possible, link this with the other areas of learning across the curriculum; making the learning relevant to the children and enabling them to feel an identity within the art. We believe that art will allow the children to explore, build on and record some of their own creative and imaginative ideas linking to their own experiences and knowledge.
In Year 1 children will study Painting, printing and textiles.
- Marcos Santos
- Jeff Hansen
- Jackie Gayle
- Linda Steele
Pupils learn that artists can be less able people who have overcome their disability to produce some great works of art. They will link their own work to some of the artists above and make comparisons. Year 1 pupils will use a variety of resources (sponges, fruits, embossed wallpapers) to create their own block printing. They will create an art work using materials for effect.
Year 2 children will study sculpture, collage and drawing.
- Henry Moore
- Barbara Hepworth
- Jill Tomsley
- Eva Rothschild
- Lauren Child
- Doug Landris
The pupils will use fruit to carve their very own structures/sculptures and will progress to making their own 3D sculpture using everyday objects. The children can use plasticine, mixing it with paint and sculpt an egg cup. They will learn the skill of overlapping materials and creating tones and shades using torn magazines. The children will listen to and link music to their art work and create works using charcoals, chalks and rubbings. Year 2 children will discover how J.W.Turner uses seepage in his water colours.
Year 3 build on and revisit Painting, printing and textiles.
- Teyjah McAnen
- Katsushika Hokusai
- Mehera Shaw
- Kaffee Fassett
Pupils in year 3 build on the skills they learned in year 1 learning about the colour wheel and being able to identify the primary, secondary and tertiary colours. Creating their very own cave art and moving on to the skill of quilling to make 3D art printing. The children can look forward to learning how to sew simple stiches and sew buttons onto a material. Finally they will learn how to weave materials together and also use dye and waxes on material for effect.
Year 4 build on sculpture, collage and drawing.
- W. Turner
- John Constable
- Claude Monet
- Vincent Van Gogh
- Toshiko Takaezu
- Cecil Touchon
Linking with their learning in year 2 the children will build on the skills of using pastels and rubbings. They will sketch items at close range paying attention to the details and improving on their fine motor skills and pencil control. They will use wire to create their own sculpture. The children will manipulate materials to create a 3D patchwork collage. They will use a variety of natural resources that they themselves have discovered and incorporate these into 3D scene.
Year 5 build on paint, print and textiles
- Chelsey Bonestall
- Brian Rattiner
- Wassilly Kandinsky
- Arthur Heygate MackMurdo
Children in year 5 will continue to build on their skills that they learned in year 1&3. The children will learn to use light to enhance their artwork. They will produce their own artwork using a mix of paints and other resources, with glo in the dark paints and an explosion of colours. The children will make their own stencils and use these to produce a black and white poster. They will use tile painting techniques and experiment with hot wax and dye.
Year 6 build on sculpture, collage and drawing skills that they will have learned already in the previous years.
- Sidney Carline
- CRW Nevinson
- Paul Nash
- John Singer Sargent
- Njedeka Akunyili
Year 6 pupils will focus on pencil control and usage creating works which show the steady hand of an artists or the flair of a new kind of art. They will sculpt a bust of a person learning the skill of papier mache. The pupils will also create an art work using materials in their work that will have a camouflage effect. Finally they will create a hanging 3D sculpture which will show skills of frame building and artistic flair.
Some useful web sites that you may want to visit for tips, help or just inspiration.
- This BBC website has a list of 6 ways in which art can inspire and benefit children. It suggests 6 simple activities that you can do from home
- This website gives you 500 art activities that you could try with your children, most of them need only minimal resources.
- This web site gives you a virtual tour of an art gallery and also lists many of the well – known artists from times gone by.( Constable & Turner are among them)
Junk Yard Iron Man
As a part of the Year 4 English unit of work, children have been studying the book Iron Man, by Ted Hughes.
To celebrate the end of the unit and link it to our Art unit of work based on sculpture, we created our own Junk Yard Iron Man sculpture, using recycled materials. Children had to work together as a team to create their Iron Man. It had to be as big as they could, thinking carefully about the attention to details and remembering the features they had learnt from the book. It took a lot of problem solving to fix the pieces together and work out how to manipulate the materials to get the desired effect. Children were able to reinforce their understanding of the properties of different materials, look at shape, and work with nets.
Junk Yard Iron Man in working progress: View Here