|Art and Design is delivered through the use of the Access Art Scheme of Work. This scheme has been chosen for the following reasons:
· AccessArt believes all children have a right to an excellent and rigorous art education
· Basic skills are introduced and then built upon, including drawing, printmaking, sketchbooks, painting and making. Skills are revisited and the use of ongoing sketchbook work underpins this process.
· AccessArt believes in fostering an open-ended exploration of creativity. The resources do not follow prescriptive outcomes, instead the role of the teacher is to introduce key skills, materials and ideas to the pupils in such a way that each pupil can then explore his or her own creativity.
· By creating a safe and nurturing environment, pupils are encouraged to take creative risks and to learn from the journey, rather than head towards a pre-defined end result.
· The resources included are suitable for pupils of all abilities, and can be confidently delivered by specialist and non-specialist teachers a like.
The curriculum is in the form of a series of related Pathways which follow tested pedagogical approaches and help build teacher understanding in addition to providing progressive projects. Each year the children complete a project from each of the following pathways:
· Drawing and sketch books
· Surface and Colour
· Working in 3D
Each pathway forms a journey, for both teacher and pupil. Each pathway follows a particular format which promotes excellent teaching & learning:
· Materials: Activity: Crit / Reflection
· Challenge or Brief: Artist: Activity: Crit / Reflection
Each pathway provides a choice of activity to suit each class and each teacher’s skills and confidence. The plan for each year builds upon previous skills learnt.
Rhythm: Balancing Practice with Opportunity
Creativity likes rhythm – we respond best as creative beings when we have space and time to explore and respond. The Pathways follow a repeated rhythm, providing lots of time to balance repeated practice with new experiences, quiet approaches with active and dynamic activities, time to work alone with collaborative and community based activities… all geared to create energy and momentum throughout the year
Diverse & Contemporary Artists, Designers, Craftspeople
The AccessArt Primary Art Curriculum is supported by a series of “Talking Points” resources, carefully curated to introduce teachers and pupils to a wide variety of artists, designers and craftspeople from across the world. We also juxtapose contemporary artists with more traditional artists. We study artists, designers and craftspeople not so we can make copies or pastiches of their style, but so we can learn from the way they see the world.
The “split” ACCESSART curriculum
Art is taught in each term in each year group alternating with Design and Technology. During the “Non-Art” half terms we encourage teachers to continue the “Drawing Journey” with simple drawing exercises through the with short 2 x 10 minutes a week activities provided by the scheme to help ensure the continuation of sketchbook and drawing skill development.
The use of sketch books is essential to support all the pathways from Reception to Year 6.
There are no national standards in Primary Art and Design, so we advocate gentle, ongoing assessment based upon lots of conversation, to discover intention and understanding, as well as looking at outcomes of the journey and end result. Creativity can be fragile – so we tread with care. Each learning pathway contains suggested “I Can…” statements which can are used to check understanding.