Through our art curriculum, we aim to provide high-quality art and design opportunities to inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art.
We place a strong emphasis on a diverse range of artists that pupils study during each topic. This exposes children to the world of magnificent art and design and provides opportunities for rich discussions to compare artwork and experiment with different styles.
The five key components for our Art Curriculum:
Each term, each class has a new class topic, which provides the focus for all creative curriculum learning. This enables pupils to work on specific Art skills each term and build on from these skills over the year.
All of the objectives are mapped out across the year groups and can be seen in the Art Progression Map.
During Nursery’s topic of ‘Celebrations’ they focus on the artist Giuseppe Arcimboldo and develop the skill of construction with a purpose in mind, using a variety of resources. The sixteenth century Italian artist, Giuseppe Arcimboldo (1527 – 1593), is famous for his extraordinary series of portraits in which the facial features of his sitters are portrayed as arrangements of fruit, vegetables, flowers, fish and other objects.
Nursery look closely at a painting by Giuseppe Arcimboldo and talk about the fruits and vegetables that he had painted to create a painting of a face. This artwork links in well with Nursery’s book focus ‘I will not ever never eat a Tomato,’ by Lauren Child. During this artist study, the children have the opportunity to create some faces of their own using real vegetables discussing the many vegetables used!
During Receptions topic ‘Celebrations around the world,’ children study the artist L.S. Lowry. They create simple representations of events, people and objects using a range of art medium. Children have the opportunity to explore different types of artwork including paintings and create their own piece of art work sharing their ideas about ‘Celebrations’. Children begin exploring paint and learn about primary colours.
In Year 1, pupils develop their painting skills and take inspiration from an artist to express something about themselves in their painting. Pupils begin to look at still life paintings and study artwork produced by Cezanne, Pissarro and Frieda Kahlo. They explore colour in the paintings and have the opportunity to experiment with primary and secondary colours.
During their class topic of ‘Keeping Healthy,’ the children create still life paintings using fruit or vegetables. They experiment with thin and a thick paintbrushes, and explore different brush strokes.
In Year 2, during their London based topic, pupils focus the artist Claude Monet. Pupils consolidate their work with primary and secondary paint colours, exploring how colours can be mixed to create different tones. They explore Monet’s artwork of the skylines of London. They have the opportunity to discuss how the colours in the background are blended using different colours to create a certain mood. These paintings lead on to great discussions about different effects in Monet’s paintings especially the reflections created in the water. During this artist study, pupils create their own Monet skylines and use some of Monet’s own art techniques.
In Year 3, pupils begin their 3D work with clay and learn techniques and skills to sculpt successfully. The Ancient Egypt class topic provides some creative opportunities to look at the magnificent artefacts and treasures found in the depths of the famous pyramids. Children explore ancient hieroglyphics and study cartouche designs. After their research and findings on designs, pupils have the opportunity to create their own clay cartouche and sculpt it with clay. They can incorporate their names in hieroglyphics and to finish, use metallic paint to cover them. They learn a variety of sculpting skills and learn how adding a little amount of water can create a smooth polished effect!
In year 4, pupils study the artists Vincent Van Gogh and Deyanira Harris. The children learn how to successfully use colour to create mood and feeling. They study the artist’s work and identify how mood and feeling can be created through paint and texture and experiment with different styles which the artists have used. As well as studying the artists Vincent Van Goch and Deyanira Harris, Year 4 look at paintings by Deyanira Harris, which show volcanoes erupting, linking to their class topic of Extreme Earth and Wild Weather. They apply their learning of creating mood and feeling into their paintings of volcanoes. Pupils have the opportunity to use a range of medium including watercolours, pencils, charcoal and pastels.
During their ‘Amazing America’ class topic, Year 5 explore art by the South American artist Joaquin Torres Garcia. Torres Garcia was famous for using symbols in his artworks. He used symbols from music, religion, horoscopes, traffic, technology and ancient cultures. Pupils discuss the artwork and identify many similarities between his paintings and work out the message he may be trying to express in his work. They compare works by Mondrian to Torres Garcia and talk about similarities and differences in each style of art. Pupils create their own Picture Puzzle art which would represent where they came from. This provides opportunities to discuss and consider different questions to express individual identities and beliefs.
During their topic of Freedom Year 6 study the artist Frida Kahlo, a self taught artist from Mexico famous for her self-portraits. Frida Kahlo was inspired by nature and her surrealist paintings often portrayed the theme of freedom. After studying Kahlo year 6 have the opportunity to recreate their own piece of art work inspired by her style. They use their sketchbooks to practise sketching and keep notes, and compare methods used to those of others. Pupils then create frames- layering with paper, paint, beads and flowers, adapting and refining their work to reflect its meaning and purpose.
Additional Art Opportunities
Art4Space School Mosaic
During the start of the spring term 2019, St Vincent’s worked with a mosaic organisation called Art4Space. As a school we wanted to create a joint piece of art work that would encompass our mission statement ‘Together through Christ we grow and learn’. Each class contributed to the design and making part of the Art work.
After the design process was complete, Art4Space came into school and worked with each individual class teaching the skills of mosaic art work and pupils shared their ideas and contributed to the mosaic piece. The piece then installed the wonderful Art Mosaic and this can be found in our school hall.
We are so proud of our whole school art piece. The mosaic adds so much colour, life and meaning to our school!
For more information about our annual Art Week, please click to our Themed Weeks and Days page.
Links with the October Gallery
We have established wonderful links with the October Gallery in Hoxton. Many of our classes visit the gallery over the year to explore new artists and their artwork. It provides the opportunity for pupils to be exposed to a range of art and understand the artists ideas and vision which come alive in each piece.
During Year 5’s topic of Amazing America pupils learnt all about abstract art influenced by Santos Motoapohua de la Torre, Jordan Ann Craig, Gonzalo Hernandez Carrillo and Antonio López Pinedo. The exhibition at the gallery explored patterns, forms and insights from cultures historically originating from the southern part of the mountain chain, Cordillera, along the western side of the Americas, from northern New Mexico down to Guadalajara, Mexico. The pupils were inspired to create their own abstract art with the help of the female artist Jaimini Patel. They learnt that art doesn’t always have to mean something and not everything in art has to represent or symbolise something. That is the beauty of art!