At Eastling, we embrace pupils in an engaging, inspiring and challenging art and design curriculum. We allow our children to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. During art and design lessons children at Eastling are encouraged to be as individual as possible in order to showcase the wide range of artistic talents we have here at our school. They research key people in the world of art and use them as inspiration to shape their own ideas.
Lessons can sometimes link to other areas of the curriculum to enable the children to make connections within their learning.
All children have their own sketchbook to record their art work and learning throughout their time at Eastling.
Art and design in the EY falls under the area of ‘Expressive arts and design.’ It is used to develop a child’s imagination, creativity and their ability to use media and materials. It helps our reception children to represent and understand their own feelings and ideas.
In Key Stage One pupils are taught:
- to use a range of materials creatively to design and make products
- to use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination
- to develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space
- about the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers, describing the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, and making links to their own work.
In Key Stage Two pupils develop their techniques, including control and the use of materials, with creativity, experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design.
They are taught:
- to create sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas
- to improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials [for example, pencil, charcoal, paint, clay]
- about great artists, architects and designers in history.
At Eastling Primary School our teachers embrace every opportunity to take learning outside. With a range of natural materials at our fingertips art is the perfect subject to study outside in nature. Taking inspiration from artists such as Andy Goldsworthy, children at Eastling love using natural materials to create their artistic masterpieces!