At Lathom we want all children to feel confident about their artistic skills. We believe that art is a multi-purposeful subject that will afford pupils opportunities to develop across the whole curriculum and in their future. Additionally, pupils are encouraged to use art as a personal expression of thoughts and feelings.
The curriculum at Lathom strives for children to feel engaged, inspired and challenged by providing them with opportunities to explore art within a variety of historical and cultural contexts; allowing pupils to develop their own skills by replicating techniques of great artists to apply this to experiments, inventions, and creations their own.
All teachers plan sequences of lessons that allow children to explore and research an artist or art movement; practice and improve their mastery of the skills and techniques used by these artists or art movements and then apply this to their own work. Children are given the opportunity to celebrate their own and their peers’ work and time and space for self-evaluation.
Children of all abilities have opportunities to develop their skills and knowledge in each unit and through planned progression, we offer them increasing challenge as they move up through school. These learning objectives build on prior learning and develop art skills focusing on:
Within these units, pupils explore the elements of art: colour theory, pattern, texture, line, shape, form, and space.
Year 5 explore symbolism and abstract-expressionism within painting with a focus on the artist Jean-Michele Basquiat.
They also explore shape and form by creating Giacometti-style 3D models.
Year 6 explore self-portraiture through a range of artists and techniques.
We provide Art opportunities throughout the year which are linked to different themes including religious festivals and important dates such as Remembrance Day and Black History Month.
Resources / Useful websites
There are loads of fantastic children’s books about artists. Here are a few lists: