Our Art vision is to creatively explore ideas through experimentation.
At Alwoodley Primary School children explore and develop their skills and creativity using a wide range of media. We value the use of sketch books and encourage the importance of experimentation, exploration and pushing ideas in imaginative ways.
We enjoy art on loan from Artemis which we display around school showing a diverse range of styles, media and cultures. We also love to use the artefacts from Artemis to enhance our learning across the curriculum.
Our curriculum is enriched by inviting artists in to school to work with children and staff. We also organise trips for the children to explore art in galleries and museums.
We like to celebrate Art with a whole school event, whether it is Big Draw or something like The Great Alwoodley Pottery Throw Down which we held in 2016.
'This world is but a canvas to our imagination.'
Henry David Thoreau
'A picture is worth a thousand words.'
Primary National Curriculum - Art and Design
Whole school curriculum plan
Progression of skills.
Children can only develop skills by having the opportunity to make, explore, experiment, fail, re visit and reflect.
Our curriculum offers children frequent opportunities to develop their practical skills using a wide range of media at their own pace. We know that progression is not linear so all work is valued and recorded and not marked. However, to encourage children’s progress and creativity, we observe children while they work and capture moments where they evaluate effectively, use the language of art and design, collaborate well and make creative decisions.
In each unit of work the children draw and create using a range of media, whilst exploring the work of an artist, crafts person, or designer. They choose which of their existing skills they wish to practise before being taught new skills to add to their ‘tool kit’. The children can then decide which of these areas they wish to develop into a final piece of work. We also teach shorter or one-off skills lessons and give the children opportunities to free draw in their sketchbooks, valuing their ideas and allowing them time to just enjoy drawing. Work in sketchbooks documents each child’s unique progress and learning journey that year.
Children are encouraged to move their learning forward by reflecting on their own work. Self-evaluation is taught throughout each unit and is supported by peer and teacher led critiques.
By revisiting different mediums and techniques throughout their school life, children will have the skills and confidence to express themselves and produce work they enjoy making and can be proud of.
Home Art Activity Ideas
Have a look below for some fun activities to keep you busy
Learn how to draw some of your favourite cartoon characters using only letters and numbers
Have a look on the Tate Kids website. It has lots of information about artists and some cool activities.
Have a look on Google Arts and Culture for some amazing online artwork and galleries.
A few arty ideas :
Use kitchen roll as a mindfulness colouring page
Make a plastic milk bottle bird feeder
Make an Elmer the Elephant out of a plastic milk bottle
Take mindful colouring outside with chalk
Make your own play dough
2 cups of plain flour
1 cup of salt
1 tablespoon of oil
half to 1 cup of cold water
2 drops of liquid food colouring
Mix the flour and salt then add the water, oil and food colouring. Knead the mixture well, adding a little more flour if the consistency is too wet.
Why not try printing with natural materials you find on your daily walk?
Whole School Art Challenge
What is an art enthusiast to do, now galleries and museums around the world have closed their doors? The Getty museum, based in Los Angeles, has a suggestion: recreate famous works of art using household items.
Here is one of my favourites:
Now it’s your turn. Choose a piece of art you like and be creative! I look forward to seeing the results.
Email me photos and I will add them to our gallery.
Here’s one I made earlier!
Home Learning Gallery
Let's celebrate how creative our Alwoodley children are!
Celebrating art on displays around school
Look at all the amazing art happening in Nursery and Reception!
Year 1's natural sculptures inspired by Andy Goldsworthy
Year 1 have been exploring self portraits using different materials :)
Year 2 enjoyed exploring how to make paper 3D and printing fish patterns before creating a 3D fish.
Year 2 were inspired by Georges Seurat's work. Look at our lovely lighthouses!
Year 2 explored texture in their Wild Things clay project. Well done, they are amazing!
Year 4 have designed and made a new magic carpet for Aladdin. They researched Turkish rugs and made block prints of common motifs for their rug
Year 6 looked at the work of Yinka Shonibare and Dutch wax fabrics.
They created a batik fabric design inspired by their learning and their own interests.
They drew their design with a bottle of flour and water mixture
The paint resisted the flour and water mixture
Look at their amazing final designs!
Year 5 have looked at the artist Giacometti and have been drawing figures and making wire sculptures
Year 6 have created some beautiful Sam Toff inspired work :)
APS and the Co-op have a great partnership. Year 4 children have even drawn portraits of the staff and they are displayed in the shop :)
Alwoodley's All Together Art Club. Look at the lovely display we created!
KS1 World Art after school club. We are making a creative world map showing the continents. Watch this space for the final piece!
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The BIG Recycling Challenge Exhibition!
The whole school took part in a project to make Art using recycled materials. The children have loved getting creative and it got us all thinking about the importance of recycling.
The Big Recycling Challenge – Parent Drop In
Thank you to everyone for coming in and getting involved in The Big Recycling Challenge Drop In Session. We were making models using junk, sketching Art created out of recycled materials, printing with junk and drawing on old books. It was wonderful to see so many people enjoying Art.
Nameste competition - after school art club celebrating our diverse cultures! Some artwork to be incredibly proud of, well done Mrs Nundy, Mrs Purba, the parents and all the children that joined in!
Reception have been exploring their homes with clay and using junk
The Great Alwoodley Pottery Throw Down Exhibition
Pottery Family Drop session
Teachers getting festive with a printing of Christmas cards and wrapping paper staff meeting
If you have any questions regarding the curriculum we teach please contact the school directly.