Art and Design
At Stanford Primary School, we value Art and Design as an important part of the children’s entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum. Before the children leave Stanford, they will have developed a sense of creativity, self-expression and high attainment. Art and Design at Stanford provides the children with the opportunities to develop and extend skills, with many different outlets to express their individual interests, thoughts and ideas.
The teaching and implementation of the Art and Design Curriculum at Stanford is based on the National Curriculum and PACE Art Medium Term plans, which help to develop a well-structured approach to this creative subject. We ensure that children are equipped with the skills to use different tools and mediums with confidence. Art skills are embedded across the curriculum to allow The national curriculum for art and design aims to ensure that all pupils:
- Produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences.
- Become confident in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques.
- Evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design.
- Know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.
The children are taught how to use colour, line and tone, texture, pattern and form as part of their termly theme, sometimes focussing on the work of famous national and international artists (covering the likes of Bansky, David Hockney, Andy Goldsworthy and Picasso) are explored to enhance the children's learning. Areas covered include sculpture, clay vases, digital art, embroidery (such as the Tudor clothes), nature, Mexican art, painting, graffiti and portraits.
Throughout the school, art lessons aim to ensure that children are able to develop key skills and techniques using specific media or an aspect of Art. Our aim is to ensure that children are confident approaching artwork, feel a strong sense of achievement, value the impact of art within our own lives and are able to reach their full potential. Stanford regularly involves all the pupils in cluster, local and national competitions, for example: designing the ‘Fourth Plinth’ in Trafalgar Square; calendars for Walk on Wednesday; and creating an environmental logo for the recent ongoing project with Nepal, United Against Waste.