Art and Design
- produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences
- become proficient 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.
At Russell Lower School we are artists! We want our children to love Art and Design and to have future ambitions to become illustrators, graphic designers, curators or printmakers. We value Art and Design as an important part of our children’s entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum.
Our Art and Design curriculum at Russell Lower has been carefully crafted so our children develop their artistic capital. It provides our children with the opportunities to develop and extend skills and an opportunity to express their individual interests, thoughts and ideas. We provide our children with many opportunities to be creative and lead their own learning with no limits. Also, at Russell, we provide our children with opportunities to exhibit their art work within our school environment so the children know their efforts are truly valued.
We enrich their time in our school with memorable, unforgettable experiences and provide opportunities which are normally out of reach – this piques their interests and passions. For example, we are fortunate to have a weekly Art Club hosted by Art Adventurers which provides children with opportunities to lead their own learning and explore their creativity.
We want our Art and Design curriculum to spark a curiosity in our children to drive their creativity and an urge to learn from other cultures, respect diversity, co-operate with one another and appreciate what they have. For example, in Year 2 our children take inspiration from the story Handa’s Surprise to inspire their drawing skills. In Year 3, children learn about traditional Brazilian art which they then base their own mixed media art on.
We have carefully chosen the artists we teach our children about at Russell. Our children learn about artists who are: skilled in different forms of art, from different cultures and from different periods of time. These artists include: Andy Goldsworthy, Andy Warhol, Henri Rousseau, Sharon Hall, Giuseppe Arcimboldo, Carl Warner, Claud Monet, David Hockney, Siobhán Healey and Mairead Burke, Henry Moore, William Morris, Paul Nash Henri Matisse, Eric Carle. In Years 3 and 4 our children also learn about prehistoric art and Egyption art. We are intending to further develop multicultural links in the classroom over the next couple of years.
We firmly believe that it is not just about what happens in the classroom, it is about the added value we offer to really inspire our children which goes beyond the Art and Design objectives set in the National Curriculum. We want our children to remember their art and design lessons in our school, to cherish these memories and embrace the opportunities they are presented with.