St Mary's Church of England (Voluntary Controlled) Infant School

St Mary's C of E Infant School

Art and design

"Every human is an artist."

Don Miguel Ruiz

Art and Design has always been at the heart of what we do at St. Mary's. Our art and design projects are well sequenced to provide a coherent subject scheme that develops children’s skills and knowledge of visual elements, art forms, artists and art movements. Projects are placed alongside other subject projects where there are opportunities for making meaningful connections. For example, in Year Two Flower Head has been placed in the same teaching sequence as the science project Plant Survival.

Art & Design in Reception

Expressive Art & Design is a daily presence in our Reception class. Every driver topic and companion project offers opportunities for the children to learn through creating with materials and encourages them to be imaginative and expressive.  

Art & Design in KS1

In Key Stage 1, each autumn term begins with the colour project Mix It. The teaching of this project in Years 1 and 2 enables children to be introduced to and then revisit colour theory and provides plentiful opportunities for children to explore primary and secondary colours. Year 1 begins by exploring themes directly related to the children themselves, such as their facial features, the surrounding natural world and their local community. In Year 2, the projects expand children’s artistic horizons to study a more comprehensive range of artists, artistic movements and creative techniques.

Art & Design in Year 1

Autumn Term

Mix It (Year 1)

 

Mix It (Y1)

 

This project teaches children about basic colour theory by studying the colour wheel and colour mixing. It includes an exploration of primary and secondary colours and how artists use colour in their artwork.

 

Funny Faces and Fabulous Features

 

Funny Faces and Fabulous Features

 

This project teaches children about the concept of the portrait and how the collage technique can be used to make a portrait.

Spring Term Summer Term

Rain and Sunrays

 

Rain and Sunrays

 

This project teaches children about collagraph printing, including how to develop a motif to make single and repeated prints.

 

Street View

 

Street View

 

This project teaches children about artwork depicting streets and buildings and focuses on the work of the American pop artist, James Rizzi. They create a 3-D mural based on Rizzi's work.

Art & Design in Year 2

Autumn Term

Mix it (Year 2)

 

Mix It (Y2)

 

This project teaches children about basic colour theory by studying the colour wheel and colour mixing. It includes an exploration of primary and secondary colours and how artists use colour in their artwork.

Still Life

 

Still Life

 

This project teaches children about the work of significant still life artists and still life techniques. They explore a wide variety of still lifes and learn about the use of colour and composition. They create still life arrangements and artwork.

Spring Term Summer Term

Flower Head 

 

Flower Head

 

This project teaches children about the visual elements of flowers, including shape, texture, colour, pattern and form. They also explore various artistic methods, including drawing, printmaking and 3-D forms, using paper and clay.

Portraits and Poses

 

Portraits and Poses

 

This project teaches children about portraiture. They analyse the portraits of Tudor monarchs and compare Tudor portraits and selfies today. They use photo editing software to create royal portraits.

Progression in Art and Design at St MarysArt & Design programme of study coverage - Year 1 & 2