This year was a particularly exciting one as it is the Year of Art
for our school. This meant that there was a particular focus on
developing and enhancing the creative, artistic talents of our
We have initiated several art projects that have proved to be very
successful and enjoyable for all the pupils involved.
Black History Month art project involved children researching and
investigating a famous black artist, and producing art work in a
similar style. The results of the project were both interesting and
creative, and are exhibited within the school.
As always, we encourage and value contributions to our art curriculum
from the school community. We have held an open Art afternoon where
parents and carers had the opportunity to view children’s art work and
become artist themselves! The children became the art teachers
demonstrating and explaining various art styles and skills. The adults
were encouraged to produce pieces of art work based on the art style
demonstrated. This afternoon proved to be a successful collaborative
event for all involved.
We had other events including the
Spirited Arts competition. This project encouraged children to explore
concepts of spiritual and religious education in a creative way. The
theme this year was “Art in Heaven”.
We will be continuing to develop this in 2017-2018. Art Vision Statement
Wood End Park Academy, Art is greatly recognised as one of the subjects
which allows children to be utterly creative. We understand that Art is
vital to a child’s learning as it helps them develop new skills and
more importantly, advance their motor skills. Simple things (that we
may take for granted) like holding a paintbrush and scribbling with a
crayon is an important element to developing a child’s fine motor
skills; at Wood End Park Academy we ensure that motor skills are a part
of every art lesson.
Children in Key Stage 1 adore art and it
is easy to see why. Children are given the opportunity to be creative,
have time to focus and develop motor skills and confidence. They learn
about how to sketch; this is important as the pupils are able to work
from range of different compositions and angles, moreover, children
learn from a young age that they can be expressive and get initial
ideas down onto paper through this form of art. Furthermore, they learn
how to collage effectively, which is great for developing decision
making skills, collages give children independence and a chance for
trial and error – an important skill! Learning how to make choices and
decisions will certainly carry over into their education and other
parts of life—as this is certainly a valuable skill in adulthood.
Stage 2 focus on exploring the work of famous artists such as Georgia
O’Keefe, Kandinsky and Andy Warhol, to name a few. They learn about the
artist, their work and its effect, and how they can use the artist’s
techniques to create a similar piece. The children experience drawing,
painting, and sculpting in art class; these help develop visual-spatial
skills. Art education teaches students how to interpret, criticise, and
use visual information, and how to make choices based on it. What is
great is that the children are accountable for their work, they realise
that it is important to take responsibility for their choices in their
art work. Mistakes are a part of life, and learning to accept them, fix
them, and move on will serve kids well as they grow older. The children
work patiently and accurately and take great pride in their Art.
in our academy are always pleased and ready to undertake Art. They are
encouraged to try their best and to be as creative as possible. What is
exciting for not only the children, but parents and members of staff,
is our school often display fantastic art work all around the school to
showcase the children’s brilliant work.
In addition, there is an Art exhibition held where the pupils’ work can be appreciated by all.
Art and DT subject lead.
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Examples of Work