At The Revel, our intention for the Art curriculum is to engage, inspire and challenge pupils, whilst equipping them with the key knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art. Alongside the individuals’ opportunity to express themselves, we recognise that it is essential to teach children about great artists, the works that they have created, and to also have an understanding of how art has influenced history, contributed to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation and the world that we live in at the present. Art should be delivered by teachers so that it is accessible for all and to maximise the developments of all abilities, enabling all children to learn about artists and to understand how the skills and knowledge they have learnt can be applied within their our learning and expression.
What does Art look like at The Revel?
At The Revel, we believe that high-quality Art lessons will inspire children to think innovatively and develop creative procedural understanding. Children learn the skills of drawing, painting, printing, collage, textiles, 3D work and digital art 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 applied to their cross-curricular topics, allowing children to use their art skills to reflect on and explore topics in greater depth. It is paramount that artwork be purposeful; be this as a means of expression or to explore the styles of other artists that inspire our own work. Children should be clear what the intended outcomes are and have a means to measure their own work against this. In Art, children are expected to be reflective and evaluate their work, thinking about how they can make changes and keep improving. This should be meaningful and continuous throughout the process, with evidence of age-related verbal and written refection. Children are encouraged to take risks and experiment and then reflect on why some ideas and techniques are successful or not for a particular project. Our aim is to ensure that children feel confident approaching artwork, feel a strong sense of achievement, value the impact of art and are able to reach their full potential.
Above and Beyond in Art...
"Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity"
(DfE, September, 2013)
Within art at The Revel, we endeavour to give a broad and balanced curriculum incorporating art from different cultures, visits to art galleries, exhibitions and installations and using different materials and techniques within our community. We use first-hand learning experiences and memorable moments to give breadth to the rich curriculum through high quality lessons. We provide a balance of skills and mediums within our cross curricula coverage to ensure a variety of content and outcomes. Throughout the year, we hold fantastic, immersive art weeks where there is a focus on an artist or skill set, producing fantastic process work and final pieces. This in order to inspire and motivate a love of art and to immerse the pupils in a world of creativity. Critical thinking is encouraged when discussing art, works of art and artists through the use of both closed and open-ended questions. Pupils are also encouraged to use and respond to similar questions in response to their own work.