Our Art curriculum has been designed to build on our children’s cultural capital through our curriculum drivers. Children’s interests and the requirements of the National Curriculum will enable our children to have the opportunity to develop their skills using a range of media and materials. Children will be introduced to a range of works and develop knowledge of the styles and vocabulary used by famous artists.

Our Art and design curriculum provides a coherent, structured, academic curriculum that leads to sustained mastery for all. Our progression of skills sets out a clear list of what will be covered for each year group which ensures each teacher, even as a non-specialist has clarity as to what to cover.

Our key Art and Design concepts: develop ideas, master practical skills and take inspiration are organised so that children are able to return to the same concepts so they gradually build a secure Art and Design understanding.

Our teaching of Art and Design is taught weekly in KS1. In nursery and reception Art and Design is interweaved throughout continuous provision with a particular emphasis in the area expressive arts and design. Our key concepts are revisited throughout the children’s time at school. This is to ensure that progression will enable children to build an Art and Design schema and move their learning from working in to long term memory.

Art and Design activities are planned for within our continuous provision which allows application and replication of Art and Design knowledge taught in different contexts, offering a more open ended approach to learning which challenges and empowers children to demonstrate their learning in an imaginative and creative way. It also builds on previously taught knowledge, both day to day and across year groups.

Art and design learning is loved by teachers and children across school. The impact of our curriculum is that by the end of each year group, the vast majority of children will have sustained mastery of the content. Our assessments ensures that teachers and children assess their learning continuously throughout the lesson and when learning in continuous provision.

Possibilities

Children will learn about artists and people of influence and where possible visits from specialists and artists would be encouraged. Introducing children to a range of career paths they can take in the world of Art and Design.
These will include artists, fashion designers, interior designers, architects and illustrators.

Environment

As part of learning in the environment we will focus on using natural and man-made resources. Careful consideration has been made to include environmental issues alongside our Eco schools agenda.

Diversity

Our children enter school with a secure sense of their own cultural identity. We aim to build on this with an emphasis on celebrating their uniqueness. Furthermore, we teach and promote an ethos of valuing and respecting the individuality and cultural differences of all people both locally and globally. As a result, our children are empowered to become positive global citizens. When looking at artists and art work, careful consideration has been made to include persons from a diverse range of backgrounds as possible.

2023-2024

Celebrations

Our year 1 children have achieved an Arts Award. How amazing is that! To achieve this award, they were required to work with an artist in residence. We were lucky enough to work with Shazia Daud who undertook workshops creating Islamic Art. They then went on to producing a portfolio of work and final piece to showcase in our art exhibition to parents. They were awarded with a ‘Discover Arts Award’ qualification from Trinity College of Art that will be recognised in their Education journey.

Early Years - In Class Learning - 2023-2024

Autumn 1 - Colour Wheel

This half term we started off with the colour wheel, in which children explored colours, they mixed colours together with different mediums. We then went on to look at the artist Henri Matisse, who uses his art to express feelings and emotions. To inspire the children, we closely looked at the ‘snail painting’ from which they took inspiration from to create their own using their knowledge of the colour theory.

 

 

 

 

Autumn 2 - Kandinsky

We have been exploring the work of Kandinsky. We looked at his art work which contained concentric circles. The children showed great interest in this so we then created Halloween themed paintings in which they used the concentric circles and retrieved their knowledge of Matisse’s colour to express feelings whilst creating their artwork. To build on our children’s cultural capital and interest we explored Halloween further in which children used their drawing skills to draw pumpkins.

“I am painting in yellow because I feel happy” – Amber Rockets

“I have used red because it makes me angry” M.Jaad

Autumn 2 - Diwali

Continuing with celebrations we created Rangoli patterns, taking inspiration from Kandinsky’s shapes and using our knowledge from the colour theory. The children thoroughly enjoyed this.

Spring 1 - Jackson Pollock

In reception we explored the work of Jackson Pollock. We learnt about how he used drip, Splatter and pour technique on large canvas on the floor using dark colours to express his feeling and emotions. We then went on to create our own paintings of Splatter, drips on a big paper on the floor. We had so much fun and felt excited!

To enhance our cultural capital, we created Valentine Hearts in the style of Jackson Pollock , but used bright, loud and bold to represent love.

Spring 2 - Iris Scott

Reception children have been exploring works from the Artist Iris Scott. They looked at her paintings and techniques, then went on creating their own paintings of flowers to represent ‘Spring’ using finger painting technique. Once the children mastered the skills they then went on to creating a finger painting of symbols to celebrate Eid.

Year 1 - In Class Learning - 2023-2024

Autumn 1 - Colour Theory

We started the year off with retrieving our knowledge of the colour theory. We created the colour wheel. We looked at the work of Henri Matisse and retrieved collage skills from early years to create their own abstract pictures. This also enhanced drawing and cutting skills.

 

 

Autumn 1 - Paul Cezanne

We then went on to looking at the work of Paul Cezanne. We retrieved knowledge of fauvism from early years and focussed on developing drawing skills and using small dash techniques with paint. They created their own masterpiece of still life in the style of Cezanne.

Autumn 1 - Mexican Art

To enhance our cultural capital, we explored Halloween and looked at Mexican Art. We looked at how Mexican celebrate the ‘Day of the Dead’ by exploring the masks they wear during this festival. We then revisited the skill of collage and recreated masks using collage. We also linked this with Remembrance Day as we discussed how Mexican remember the dead on this day and how we have Remembrance day and wear poppies to remember people that passed away during the wars.

Autumn 2 - Indian Miniature Paintings

To enhance our cultural capital, we looked at Indian Miniature paintings exploring the style and techniques from these paintings, focusing on Rangoli patterns. We started off retrieving our knowledge of Rangoli patterns and the celebration of Diwali. We then looked at the Singh Twins artist and produced our own Rangoli pattern using chalk pastels on black paper inspired by the Singh Twins.

Autumn 2 - Van Gogh

In year 1 we revisited the artist Van Gogh, we explored his painting and talked about wellbeing and how we can create work express our feelings and emotions. We explored the painting – ‘starry night’ using foil and cotton bud techniques and then went on to recreating an collaborative piece of the ‘starry night’.

Spring 1 - Pop Art

In year 1 we explored Pop Art and focussed on the artist Andy Warhol. We learnt about how he used popular consumer goods and turned them into bright and bold art prints.  We then went on to create our own prints using fruits because they are our everyday food item and experimented with bright colours. We really enjoyed printing with fruits and seeing the impression it leaves with different colours.

To enhance our cultural capital, we created Valentine Hearts in the style of Pop Art, bright, loud and bold!

Spring 1 - Surreal Art

We have been exploring the work of Surreal Art. We looked at Salvador Dali’s art work which is based on dream like images and sculpture. The children showed great interest in this so then they created their own dream like artwork and retrieved their knowledge and mastering the skill of college learnt earlier this year. The Children were able to express feelings whilst creating their artwork.

“I feel happy and sad at the same time ” – Ibrahim 1RA

“I have used the red apply falling out the sky because it makes me feel free and funny” Akram 1JA

Spring 2 - Islamic Art

To enhance our cultural capital, Yr 1 investigated Islamic Art.  We looked at how Islamic art is formed and where we would find it. Children discovered that Islamic Art is around there own surrounding such as homes and Mosques. We then revisited the skill of using shapes from reception and produced our very own Islamic Geometric Tiles using shape, and watercolours to paint it. We also used the skills learnt from Islamic Art of geometric shapes and created Eid cards to celebrate the festival of Eid.

Year 2 - In Class Learning - 2023-2024

Autumn 1 - Colour Theory

We started the year off with a retrieval of colour theory. The children were very confident with this. We then went on to looking at Paul Cezanne, retrieving skills such as small dashes and then used this to enhance their drawing skills. Alongside this we looked at feelings of an artist whilst creating their art work. They took inspiration from an art piece of Cezanne’s and created their own still life using water colours. They used a variety of different brushes to create different kind of strokes.

Autumn 1 - Mexican Art

To enhance our cultural capital, we started off with a retrieval of Mexican Art from year 1.  The children were very confident with this. We then continued looking at how Mexican celebrate the ‘Day of the Dead’ by exploring the masks they wear during this festival. We then revisited the skill of colour wash and detail drawing with a black pen and recreated our own Sugar skull drawings.

Autumn 2 - Indian Miniature Paintings

To enhance our cultural capital, we started off with a retrieval of Indian Miniature Paintings from year 1.  The children were very confident with this. We then continued looking at the work from the Singh Twins and produced our own paisley design on a colour wash background exploring with coloured pens to create a detail pattern.

Autumn 2 - Van Gogh

In year 2 we looked at the artist Van Gogh. We retrieved our Knowledge from year 1 and mastering the techniques of using oil pastel to create a small dashes and swirls. We then explored his painting and talked about wellbeing and how we can create work express our feelings and emotions. Children shared their views on this and gave examples of when they’ve created art work based on their own feelings. We explored the painting – ‘starry night’ in more depth using paints and then children adapted the ‘starry night’ adding familiar silhouettes of City of Leicester mastering the printing technique learnt from year 1.

Spring 1 - Pop Art

In year 2 we revisited Pop Art, we explored Andy Warhol in depth focussing on his portraits prints and talked about wellbeing and how we can create work express our feelings and emotions through prints. We retrieved our Knowledge from year 1 and mastering the techniques of printing. We then produced self-portraits using press prints.

Spring 1 - Surreal Art

In Year 2 We have been exploring the work of Surreal Art. We looked at Salvador Dali’s art work which is based on dream like images and sculpture. The children showed great interest in this so then they created their own dream like artwork and retrieved their knowledge and mastering the skill of college learnt earlier this year.  To build on our children’s cultural capital and interest we explored Valentines Heart and built mini sculptures in the style of Dali dream like work.

Spring 2 - Islamic Art

To enhance our cultural capital, we started off with a retrieval of Islamic Art from year 1.  The children were very confident with this. We then continued looking at how Islamic Art is represented around the world and what are the main principles of tiles. We then looked at our paintings from last year and then developed it further creating a clay tile.

Gallery Visits

Attenborough Arts Centre - Year 2

As part of our Art curriculum the year 2 children have visited the Attenborough Arts Centre. They explored contemporary art by ab Artist called Habib Haliljee. The exhibition explored ideas around cultural differences using maps and fabrics and black ball pen. They created a piece of art using maps and black pens drawing observing each other producing a portrait of their partner.  The children really enjoyed their experience visiting the gallery and learning about the Artist. They were able to ask lots of questions and use their Art vocabulary.

Newark House Museum

We were given a great opportunity to work with Leicester Museum on an upcoming project. As part of their exhibition, they wanted to display toys and objects that the children of Highfields would be interested in.

Our children were selected to go to Newark House Museum to work alongside curators to identify what could go in the exhibition.

The children were so enthusiastic about the trip and really enjoyed taking part exploring and discussing toys from 400 years ago to current. We had the opportunity to tour around the museum and meet a very old ‘Edward’ the teddy bear from the 1900s who lived down the road from Newark House. We look forward to returning to the museum once the exhibition is up and running in March.

Attenborough Arts Centre - Year 1

As part of our Art curriculum the year 1 children have visited the Attenborough Arts Centre. They explored contemporary art by various Local Artists with disabilities.  The exhibition explored ideas around ‘Traces’ showing how we all leave some sort of a mark around our surroundings.  Children took part in art workshop and created a collaborative piece of art using sticks and paint sticks then selected their own best part and made a frame. The children really enjoyed their experience visiting the gallery and learning about different styles of Art. They were able to ask lots of questions and use their Art vocabulary.

Art Challenge Money Box designs

All our children took part in the Art Challenge to help raise money for the Charity week 2023 working with Islamic Relief. They all were given the task to design a money box with Nature as a theme. We had lots of amazing designs and all the winners received a prize kindly donated by the Drink Co and a small goodie bag for taking part. Well done to all.

2022-2023

Early Years

Reception

Exploring Painting Techniques

Reception children have been developing their knowledge of using different techniques to paint a picture. They have focused on using their fingers to dab and smudge the paint to create their art work. The children’s ideas and thoughts were inspired by the artist Iris Scott. The children have also been learning to mix colours to make a different colour.
Fauvism

Stars have been enjoying learning about fauvism and creating their own artwork in the style of Kandinsky.  They were very excited to tell the adults about the techniques they had used such as shading and blending.  The children talked about why they used the colours and how the colours made them feel.

Kadinsky

Reception children have been learning to become artists by developing their art skills and producing pieces of art in the style of Kadinsky. They have learnt techniques shading, stocking, blending, and smudging when using pencil crayons, paints, and chalks. We have also been thinking about how the bright colours Kadinsky uses makes us feel.

Jackson Pollock

Early Years have been exploring the artist Jackson Pollock They were inspired to create their own version of Jackson Pollock’s art by using the outdoors to make drips and splashes for effect on large pieces of paper. The children loved doing this and have been independently doing it in the continuous provision.

Nursery

Expressive Arts

Utterly engrossed in the exploration of ‘clay’.
Squashing and kneading, poking and pinching- great fine motor development.
Exploring what happens if more water is added!
Media & Materials

During continuous provision the nursery children have been spending extended periods of time exploring different media and materials. Independently self selecting resources and tools, noticing what happens when paint is mixed and combining different materials. Great pride in their own achievements has been demonstrated during each part of the project, persevering until completed.

Exploring Fingerprinting and Colour Mixing

Nursery children enjoyed using their fingers to colour mix and paint in the style of Iris Scott.

Exploring Painting Techniques

Nursery Children been exploring painting techniques. They have learnt to print using their fingers. They have take inspiration from an Artist Iris Scott, who painted many paintings by using the technique finger painting.
Year 1

Art Books

So far in art we have been designing the front cover of our art books, utilising skills such as sketching, drawing and cutting. We have also been exploring the Colour Theory and learning about the colour wheel using watercolours. This has enabled us to understand the difference between primary and secondary colours and will continue to aid us in our ongoing art journey.

Paul Cezanne

Over the past few weeks’ year 1 have been taking inspiration from the work of Paul Cezanne. We have looked into his life and why he created the work he did. We have been taking inspiration from his work to create still life paintings. We have used a variety of materials including, water colours and pencils. We have explored different kind of techniques including small brush strokes, wash and wipe and sketching.

Indian Miniature Paintings

To enhance our cultural capital, we looked at Indian miniature paintings exploring the style and techniques from these paintings. We then looked at the Singh Twins artists and produced a collaboration of artwork inspired by the Singh Twins to celebrate Diwali. We traced the design using tracing paper and pens.

Mexican Art

To enhance our cultural capital, we explored Halloween and looked at Mexican Art. We looked at how Mexicans celebrate the ‘Day of the Dead’ by exploring the masks they wear during this festival. We then revisited the skill of collage and recreated masks using collage. We also linked this with Remembrance Day as we discussed how Mexicans remember the dead on this day and how we have Remembrance day and wear poppies to remember people that passed away during the wars. The children loved creating the masks and showed a very good interest in Mexican art.

Van Gough

In year 1 we at the artist Van Gough we explored his paintings and talked about wellbeing and how we can create work depending on how we are feeling and our experiences. We explored the painting – ‘starry night’ using various materials and then children recreated a collaborative piece of the ‘starry night’.

Paul Signac

In year 1 we looked at the artist Paul Signac exploring his painting technique – pointillism. We explored the technique of pointillism and then recreated our own paintings using paint and cotton buds which gave the effect of pointillism.

Year 2

Art Books

So far in art we have been designing the front cover of our art books, utilising skills such as sketching, drawing and cutting. We have also been exploring the Colour Theory and learning about the colour wheel using watercolours. This has enabled us to understand the difference between primary and secondary colours and will continue to aid us in our ongoing art journey.

Paul Cezanne

Over the past few weeks’ year 2 have been taking inspiration from the work of Paul Cezanne. We have retrieved our learning from year 1 and looked into his life and explored the paintings he created further. We arranged a still life with objects, drew it and then painted it. We used a variety of materials and techniques such as using a range of brushes for thickness.

Indian Miniature Paintings

To enhance our cultural capital, we looked at Indian miniature paintings exploring the style and techniques from these paintings. We then looked at the Singh Twins artists and produced a collaboration of artwork inspired by the Singh Twins to celebrate Diwali. We traced the design using tracing paper and pens.

Gallery Visits

As part of our Art curriculum the year 2 children have visited the Attenborough Arts Centre. They explored contemporary art by an artist called Letty McHugh. The exhibition explored ideas around sculpture, space and our relationship with ourselves and each other. They created a piece of art to create their own personal space using ropes, pegs, lights and other materials inspired by Letty. One of Letty’s forms of Art is poems so children were exposed to this and thought about how poems can be a form of Art. Children really enjoyed the experience of visiting a gallery, for some of the children it was their first time. They all loved the long walk to the gallery and along the way showed excitement for the things they saw.

 

Paul Signac

In year 2 we looked at the artist Paul Signac exploring his painting technique – pointillism. We retrieved our techniques from year 1 and then mastered it further by recreating our own paintings using paint and cotton buds which gave the effect of pointillism.

Van Gough

In year 2 we looked at the artist Van Gough. We retrieved our knowledge from year 1 and mastering the techniques of using oil pastels to create small dashes and swirls. We explored more of his paintings and talked about wellbeing and how we can create work depending on how we are feeling and our experiences. Children shared their views on this and gave examples of when they’ve created art work based on their own feelings. We explored the painting – ‘starry night’ in more depth using various materials and then children adapted the painting “starry night” adding familiar silhouettes of Leicester to their piece of work.

 

2021-2022

Reception

Painting

In art children have been exploring different techniques such as brushing, painting, splatting and flicking.

Year 1

Creativity

The year one children have enjoyed being creative during continuous provision and have been using their art skills to create pictures.

Year 2

Andy Warhol

We created portraits in they style of Andy Warhol using digital media.

Van Gogh

We created a picture in the style of Van Gogh. We used different materials such as spray bottles, tooth brushes to create the light source.

Paul Signac

As part of our jubilee celebrations the Dragon class followed step by step instructions on how to draw a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II. At first they felt worried with the idea of drawing her and getting it wrong. However we discussed how art is open to interpretation and that there was no “right or wrong way” to draw a portrait. The children persevered to create some great drawings. They then coloured their portraits using the pointillist technique of Paul Signac, an artist the children had studied in the Autumn term. The children were amazed with the end results and felt proud of what they had produced.