Art & Design
At Whitkirk Primary School, we are Artists, Craft Makers and Designers!
We want our children to love art, craft and design and to grow up with ambitions to become illustrators, graphic designers or architects. We believe Art and Design should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, whilst equipping them with the knowledge and skills to be able to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design.
Our art curriculum is organised into thematic units, with natural links to other areas of the curriculum to enhance children’s learning experience. Knowledge and skills are built on, throughout the year groups in order to securely embed understanding. Every unit of work begins with the study of an artist where children explore the ideas and meanings behind their artwork. High quality texts are used as a tool for this. Throughout a unit of learning, children are given opportunities to experiment with artistic techniques and materials. Showcase pieces of artwork are produced, encouraging children to apply their artistic knowledge and skills.
In order to become a successful artist, we recognise the importance of thinking critically, as well as developing an understanding of their own and others’ cultural heritages through the study of a diverse range of artists, craft makers and designers. The artists we have selected have been chosen with this in mind. Through learning about the roles and functions of art, they can explore the impact it has had on contemporary life and on different periods and cultures. By studying a range of artists, children know how art and design reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.