Art and design
Art at Judith Kerr is cross-curricular and thematic, tying in closely to each Year’s half-termly topic. Our art and design learning is also inspired by our creative curriculum which has been carefully planned to explore a range of skills, a diverse array of artists and art movements whilst still encompassing the termly topic at the heart of their art and design outcomes.
Art and design is typically explored at the beginning of each new topic, used as a ‘hook’ to inspire and build on the children’s growing understanding. Each year, we ensure the children access a range of different artistic skills as; painting, drawing, printing, weaving, sculpture and sewing to name some. We nurture these skills year upon year, ensuring that the children have the ability to grow their skill set but also their creativity.
As a school, we identify the ever-changing art world and importance of using responsibly sourced resources to create our art and design pieces. A vast array of our art and design outcomes use recycled goods to create the artwork. Every term, each year group also focuses on designing and making artwork using resources from our forest area and techniques that compliment these pieces.
As the children move through the school, we encourage the children to think more critically and develop a deeper understanding of art and the history behind what they are producing. This is done by artist studies where the children reflect on the artist’s work, identifying skills used by the artist and then imitating or using aspects of these in their own piece. We also look at key movements and the historic and cultural developments that remain at the core of these movements, to not only understand the artist but the time, emotion and societal aspects that accompany artwork.
Children at JKPS, become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art techniques while also learning how to evaluate and analyse creative works, using the language of the artistic world.
At Judith Kerr, we believe that it is important that children feel pride in their artistic outcomes and that these are celebrated by all. We do this in a number of ways including displays, showcase afternoons and mini-galleries. Further to this, at the start of each academic year, the children are welcomed to school with an art and design week. During this week, the children spend the week creating artwork linked to a whole school topic which we display annually, at our school art exhibition. At this event, parents and carers have the opportunity to purchase their child’s framed artwork.