The art curriculum at Monkston is designed to engage our pupils and promote an interest in all areas of art: sketching painting, ceramics and printing. We create a sense of excitement and curiosity for the subject. We develop pupils’ artistic knowledge, ability to communicate ideas and how to apply these confidently. Pupils learn through the varied curriculum and cross links (where applicable) to other subjects. They make observations, compare their own art and the work of others to interpret various styles to enhance their creativity. They are taught the necessary skills to enable them to succeed and after practise, they learn to evaluate and modify their work accordingly. In researching artists past and present, they assess their contributions to the artistic world and consider how art enhances wellbeing.
Throughout the art curriculum, pupils’ understanding of British values and global issues are capitalised on. In each year group, children will be made aware of the environmental and global impact and their role in encouraging others to reduce, reuse and recycle their own waste. Pupils are encouraged to use materials they are provided with responsibly and not to waste them.
Throughout the art curriculum, we explore the different characteristics of learning and deepen the children’s understanding. Pupils are inquisitive when they are made aware of art around them and art produced by famous artists. Pupils are creative when they share ideas verbally, complete preliminary sketches and implement these. Pupils are resilient and reflective when they are able to openly identify weaknesses with their initial ideas or skill and then decide how to modify their practice to make improvements. They compare and contrast their own work to the styles of different artists and comment respectfully. Pupils are co-operative when they share ideas verbally and work together on collaborative projects in partners or small groups. Pupils are resourceful when they use materials responsibly and are encouraged to think of different aspects such as environmental and cost and asked to reuse and recycle.