At the beginning of KS2 pupils have two lessons a fortnight dedicated to Art, Craft and Design taught by a specialist Art and Design Teacher.
In Year 3 pupils start their year with Textiles. They are introduced to designing a product that could be worn in a garden centre. Pupils are introduced to hand sewing and learn how to join material together using simple stitches and how to sew a button on.
Pupils then move onto their artist focus lessons where we look at the Artwork of Frida Kahlo, this complements work produced in their social studies lessons. Pupils produce a 3D frame linked to their ‘likes and interests’ to frame their portrait, as Frida Kahlo often did. The next artist studied is Friedensreich Hunderwasser. Pupils start to discuss his work focusing on similarities and differences and produce a piece of work inspired by him. They are introduced to oil pastels and use these in their work. The Architecture of Hunderwasser is also explored as pupils model their own building from playdoh and pupils re- design the Holy Trinity building.
Ceramics are introduced in the spring term where pupils make a coil pot. They learn about the equipment used in ceramics along with simple joining techniques. Pupils then glaze their pots to make a good quality finished pot.
In the summer term to complement the social studies topics of World War 2 pupils design and make a plan using paper mache. They have the opportunity to model their ideas and create a three dimensional product.
In Year 4 pupils build on the sewing skills learnt in Year 3 where they are introduced to a wider range of hand sewing stitches, including cross stitch and blanket stitch. They are introduced to applique and use it to create a fabric pizza slice made from felt. Pupils also then design a menu and pizza box for their own pizza restaurant.
Pupils are then introduced to the world of Greek Mythology and the epic tales from ancient Greece. They design their own Greek vase and then create their own mythical creature which they then realise in play doh. Pupils go on to make a mosaic tile and try to depict their mythical creature in this.
In the Summer term pupils are transported to Japan. Looking at the Art and Culture of the country, pupils study Katsushika Hokusai and ‘The Great Wave’. Pupils explore a range of different Art mediums, including oil pastels and watercolours to create their own version. Celebrating Children’s day, pupils create Koinobori, a carp kite. Finally pupils explore the work of Yayoi Kusama and create their own ceramics piece based on her work.
Year 5 pupils are introduced to Dia de los Muertos, ‘ Day of the Dead’ and use this as inspiration for a Sugar Skull cushion. Pupils revisit hand sewing and combine applique, embellishment and fabric pens to design and make a colourful, creative finished product.
Pupils focus on producing well drawn and labelled design ideas in their Sea Creatures project which they then realise in paper mache.
For the artist study in Year 5 pupils look at the work of Gustav Klimt. Exploring different printing techniques and collage to create their own piece of work inspired by the Tree of LIfe and the portrait of Adele Bloch- Bauer.
In Year 6 pupils look at the art of the Aboriginal people, using the iconic patterns and themes of Dreamtime to inspire design ideas for a notebook cover. Pupils are introduced to the resist techniques of tie-dye and batik to decorate fabric and also learn how to use the sewing machine to construct their notebook cover.
Pop Art is the inspiration for the next project, in particular the work of Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein. Pupils design and make a clock from wood using coping saws and files to cut and shape their clock. They attach a working mechanism to create a functioning product. Keeping with the work of Roy Lichtenstein, pupils learn about Still life. Developing observational drawing skills, pupils focus on the shape and proportion of objects to create a still life final piece. Using previously gained knowledge of primary and secondary colours they add colour to their work using printing and oil pastels.
Finally pupils look at the work of Sandra Sielberzweig and create their own self-portraits in her style. Looking at different ways to draw facial features, they use chalk pastels to add colour and details.