Upperwood
Academy

Art

At Upperwood Academy, we are committed to providing all children with learning opportunities to engage in Art. We believe that children should have access to a quality, varied Art Curriculum during their time at Upperwood Academy. The purpose of Art education is to give pupils the skills, concepts and knowledge necessary for them to express their responses to ideas and experiences in a visual or tactile form; art ignites imagination and is a fundamental means of personal expression. 

At Upperwood Academy, children learn the skills of drawing, painting, printing and collage and are given the opportunity to explore and evaluate different creative ideas. Children will be introduced to a range of works and develop knowledge of the styles and vocabulary used by famous artists. The skills they acquire are often applied to their cross-curricular topics, allowing children to use their art skills to reflect on and explore topics in greater depth; for example, by sketching historical artefacts in detail, researching geographical locations to support their work on landscape painting or using art as a medium to express emotion and thought to enhance their personal, social and emotional development.

Art Coverage Document

Art Progression Document

When devising our curriculum map and progression documentation for the teaching and learning in Art, we identified some key aspects for the teaching of Art within our curriculum: 

  • We recognise the importance of a repetition of coverage of knowledge and Skills and as such, we repeat the techniques of Drawing and Painting at least twice in every year group; 
  • We teach Printing in every year group after we have taught the skills of painting in that year group in order to apply the skills of colour mixing;
  • We teach Sculpture in each year group at the end of the year when children can apply the knowledge and skills they have applied throughout the year;
  • An explicit progression in the teaching and build-up of skills in each art technique supports the teaching and learning of Art;
  • There are two key ways we teach the knowledge and skills in our art curriculum; firstly, through a thematic approach allowing children to use their art skills to reflect upon and explore topics in greater detail.  Secondly, through direct discrete teaching of knowledge and skills of artists and their work.
  • We narrow the coverage of techniques to ensure children develop skills and have time to practice producing quality work in some key areas. (Painting, Printing, Drawing and Sculpture) 
  • We identify cultural elements of our curriculum where Art skills can be practised and applied to reflect upon and build upon knowledge in other curriculum areas. 

The children are taught Art both as a thematic part of their half termly topic work and as discrete skills building teaching.   

Our progression in knowledge and skills document for Art clearly outlines the progression for the teaching and learning in each art technique. 

The children's learning is further enhanced with a whole school curriculum driver of Creativity which provides opportunity for the development of creative tasks and approaches to learning across the curriculum. 

Teachers are provided with additional planning time on top of their PPA, to plan their curriculum. As part of this planning process, teachers plan the following:

  • A knowledge organiser which outlines knowledge (including vocabulary) children must master; 
  • A cycle of lessons for each subject, which carefully plans for progression and depth; 
  • A low stakes quiz which is tested regularly to support learners’ ability to block learning and increase space in the working memory; 
  • Trips and visiting experts who will enhance the learning experience; 
  • A means to display and celebrate the pupils’ artwork in their class.

Our Art Curriculum is planned to demonstrate progression. If children are keeping up with the curriculum, they are deemed to be making progress. In addition, we measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods: 

  • A reflection on standards achieved against the planned outcomes recorded on an assessment tool (Eazmag); 
  • A celebration of learning for each unit of work evidenced in a folder;
  • Tracking of gains in each quiz; 
  • Pupil discussions about their learning.
  • In the Early years, we use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture and form. We represent our own ideas, thoughts and feelings through our art work. We use a variety of media in our art work.
  • In Year 1, we learn the skills of drawing, painting, printing and sculpture. We repeat the taught skills of drawing and painting over the year. 
  • In drawing we study the work of Paul Klee. We experiment with a variety of media to make lines of different, sizes, thicknesses and shape. 
  • In painting we study the work of Piet Mondrian to use different brushes for effect and to use primary colours to mix secondary colours. 
  • In printing we study the work of Henri Matisse to explore simple printing to make a repeating pattern. 
  • In sculpture we study the work of Antony Gormley to develop some basic skills in manipulating clay in different ways for effect and begin to decorate clay. 
  • In Year 2, we learn the skills of drawing, painting, printing and sculpture. We repeat the taught skills of drawing and painting over the year. 
  • In drawing we study the work of Vincent Van Gogh to develop our use of tone using a pencil. We use charcoal and pastel to draw and smudge. 
  • In painting we study the work of Kandinsky to create colour wheels, make secondary colours and create tints and tones of colours by adding tiny amounts of black and white paint. 
  • In printing we study the work of William Morris to make printed marks with a variety of objects, recreating prints from the environment. 
  • In sculpture we study the work of William Moorcroft. We use a variety of techniques for a number of purposes including sticking two pieces of clay together with slip. We add detail through lines and textures. 
  • In Year 3, we learn the skills of drawing, painting, printing and sculpture. We repeat the taught skills of drawing and painting over the year. 
  • In drawing we study the work of Pablo Picasso to develop our use of pencil to show line, tone and texture. 
  • In painting we study the work of William Turner to explore links with colours and feelings. 
  • In printing we study the work of John Henry Dearle to combine prints using different objects to create a final piece. We also print on paper and fabric. 
  • In sculpture we study the work of Henry Moore to construct models, joining parts together and producing patterns and textures.
  • In Year 4, we learn the skills of drawing, painting, printing and sculpture. We repeat the taught skills of drawing and painting over the year. 
  • In drawing we study the work of Leonardo Da Vinci to study annotated human body sketches. We develop our awareness of perspective and dimension. 
  • In painting we study the work of L.S. Lowry. We use different brush techniques to produce shape, textures, pattern and lines. We create paintings with backgrounds, foregrounds and middlegrounds. 
  • In printing we study the work of Joan Miro to create fabric printings replicating patterns observed in natural or built environments. 
  • In sculpture we study the work of Barbara Hepworth to make a simple slab pot. 
  • In Year 5, we learn the skills of drawing, painting, printing and sculpture. We repeat the taught skills of drawing and painting over the year. 
  • In drawing we study the work of Paul Klee to learn about cubism and surrealism.
  • In painting we study the work of Claude Monet to develop our skills in layering paint and creating mood and feeling in their paintings. 
  • In printing we study the work of Andy Warhol to design bold and colourful prints on different materials. 
  • In sculpture we study the work of Henry Moore to create sculptures using natural, recycled and manmade materials. 
  • In Year 6, we learn the skills of drawing, painting, printing and sculpture. We repeat the taught skills of drawing and painting over the year. 
  • In drawing we study the work of Rembrandt developing an awareness of composition, scale and proportion in their drawings. 
  • In painting we study the work of Frida Kahlo develop their own style of painting and mix colour, shades and tones with confidence. 
  • In printing we study the work of Claude Flight to create an accurate image and build up multiple layers of colour. 
  • In sculpture we study the work of Antony Gormley, the designer of the Angel of the North, to research and create sculpture.