Curriculum Intent- Art
At Willen, individual creativity, exploration and expression are at the heart of our art curriculum. We aim to inspire children to become artists, designers and architects. Our art curriculum enables all children to communicate what they see, feel and think through the formal elements of line, shape, form, tone, texture, pattern, colour and composition through different materials and techniques. From the beginning in the EYFS, the children are taught to develop their ability to respond to the work of the ‘greats’ and their own work in an individual way. They will become art detectives, describing, discussing, analysing, interpreting and making personal judgements about a variety of works of art. We will focus on 7 media types - dry media (including drawing), painting, printing, collage, textiles, 3D (including sculpture) and digital art. Each skill becomes one of 7 art units to be taught across a 2 year cycle to ensure breadth, depth and clear progression of skills and knowledge. Each unit title has the name of an artist to study and be inspired by. Underpinning the whole curriculum (from Y1-Y6) is the story of each child’s artistic journey through their sketchbooks. There are also strong curriculum links which will be capitalised on - DT through structure and architects and textiles and Computing through digital media and animation. Art skills will be used to creatively express linked learning and home learning outcomes in subjects such as history and R.E.
The greats refers to those significant artists from our heritage plus artists who are living, female and represent our culturally diverse community including local artists to Milton Keynes and those from the LGBT community.