Art and Design
Art and design stimulates creativity and imagination. It provides visual, tactile and sensory experiences and a unique way of understanding and responding to the world. Pupils use colour, form, texture, pattern and different materials and processes to communicate what they see, feel and think. Through art and design activities, they learn to make informed value judgements and aesthetic and practical decisions, becoming actively involved in shaping environments.
They explore ideas and meanings in the work of artists, craftspeople and designers. They learn about the diverse roles and functions of art, craft and design in contemporary life, and in different times and cultures.
Understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of the visual arts have the power to enrich our personal and public lives.
Our Art Intent
At St Francis we have created an art curriculum developing the skills required to explore, investigate, create, question and evaluate artwork using subject knowledge and terminology, as set out in the National Curriculum. The curriculum allows children to develop an understanding of key artists and artistic movements, when given context about what society was like at the time and provide a wide range of media for the children to experiment with, use in their ideas and create their final artistic responses. Our curriculum ensures the children are able to discuss the strands and elements within art and use these to comment on pieces of artwork as well as their own, with artistic language and confidence.
The curriculum has a clear and comprehensive scheme of work, in line with the National Curriculum, which shows progression across all key stages within the strands of Art. It ensures children have access to key knowledge, language and meanings in order to understand and readily apply to their work; in their sketchbooks alongside their ideas. In doing this, adapting and changing their ideas to improve and strengthen their responses. Where appropriate, opportunities for educational visits and visitors into school to develop the children’s learning experiences are encouraged.
Explore our Curriculum
Our Art and Design Galleries
Year 6 - Art - Hear My Voice
22nd Nov 2023
We have been working on creating personalised art, based on Mexican street art and Myan culture.
20th Nov 2023
The children love our Squiglet sessions and have fun trying to draw all the characters. It is great practise for our focus on lines and drawing in our artwork
Year 1 - Art - Remembrance Day Art - Collage And Mixed Media
14th Nov 2023
We learnt about Remembrance Day and why it is so important for us to remember it each year. The children held a lovely collective worship with very thoughtful responses. The children then responded to this by creating their own pieces of 'Poppy Art' for our class wreath - We hope you were able to see it in the window!
Year 3 - Art - Flower abstract art (Georgia O'Keeffe)
13th Nov 2023
For the final piece of our 'Growing Artists' unit, we looked at the work of Georgia Oâ€™Keeffe, known for her abstract paintings of flowers. We looked at pictures of flowers and used a view finder to focus in on one part of the flower. We then painted just this part of the flower.
Year 1 - Art & Design - Drawing - Final Pieces
2nd Nov 2023
Our creative juices were flowing in Year 1 this week! We were creating our final pieces of art to finish off our unit of work based on drawing. The children looked back at what they had done and made their own choices about the paper, materials and stimuli that they wanted to use. Some children were inspired by the oceans and beaches, some by autumn, some by observational drawing and some by shapes! What great artists we are!
Reception - Art - Printing and exploring texture using clay
17th Oct 2023
The children have been using our autumnal resources to print and explore the different textures they make using clay. They also made their own creations.
Year 2 - Art - Observational Drawing - Teddies
6th Oct 2023
In year 2 we did some observational drawing showing texture of our teddies
Year 1 - Art - Drawing - Line
6th Oct 2023
We have been learning about different types of line in art. We listened to some classical music (Debussey's La Mer) and thought about the types of line that it made us want to draw. Once we learned that it was about the ocean, we worked together to use different types of line to create an ocean themed piece of art!
Year 4 - Art/History - Roman Mosaics
21st Sep 2023
We have been learning about ancient Rome and in response to seeing some of their mosaics we made our own with paper and card squares.
Year 1 - Science / Art - Seasons - Autumn
13th Sep 2023
The children found out that artists use a lot of reds, yellows, browns and oranges when they create autumn art. We decided that they are warm colours because they are like a fire. The children selected from a range of coloured paper and materials to create some beautiful autumn art! We will display these in our window when they are dry for you to see! We hope you like them!