Mr J Lewis is the subject lead for Art
Art is a valued subject at Northmead and we believe the arts to be a fundamental aspect of primary education. It is our intent to enable every child to express themselves in a creative way, using their knowledge of artists, and an ever increasing set of artistic skills, to explore, create and understand art in its various forms. We aim for our curriculum to teach children so they become proficient in drawing, painting, collage, printing, 3D work , photography and textiles; as well as instilling an appreciation and enjoyment of the visual arts
Art at Northmead is based on the National curriculum and planning is supported by a clear skills progression document which sets out the skills which should be taught across the disciplines of drawing, painting, collage, printing, ceramics, textiles and photography. Art is taught in class bases throughout the school. We discuss the history of Art as part of school assemblies. Art features highly during enrichment weeks.
|Northmead is very fortunate to have a pottery kiln, which allows all children to experience the joys of clay in each year group.
Ever changing displays around the school and in classrooms are evidence of the high quality work that is achieved by the children. In the summer term we celebrate our creativity by holding an exhibition evening for friends and family.
Inspired by the work of Jackie Morris, we recently undertook a whole school project exploring ink as a media.
We hope you enjoy the results
Through drawing we learn to;
Drawing might be an end in itself or a starting point for other art activities.
Children use a variety of paints; water colour, acrylics, poster paints. They explore different effects by using a number of tools and techniques. By the time they leave us children show understanding of the colour wheel and have investigated primary / secondary, warm /cold, complementary/contrasting colours.
This is some of the vocabulary we use when creating prints:
Mono-print Stencil Ink Layering
Repeated pattern Press print Overlay
Children have opportunities to assemble found materials, such as cardboard, to make new forms, carefully covering them with papier maché. Before using finishing techniques to strengthen and improve the appearance of what they produce.
Year 4 always enjoy creating Egyptian death masks.
Collage materials are all around us.
The term collage derives from the French term papiers collés (or découpage), used to describe techniques of pasting papercut-outs onto a surface.
Children are taught to use cameras and their functions to take photos for a specific purpose or creative effect.
When taking photos use the rule of thirds.
Over the course of their time at Northmead children are provided with opportunities to construct pieces using different clay techniques, including slab, coil, and hand modelling. Children consider the aesthetics of their pieces and learn to apply surface decorations, slips and glazes.
At Northmead we learn hand stitching, and in year 6 we use a sewing machine to complete a simple applique.
If you would like to practise the stitches we are taught, click on the video links below for a demonstration from Miss Lewis.