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Mersea Island School

Art

Why teach art at Mersea Island School? 

 

At Mersea Island School, we want our children to receive a high-quality art education so that all pupils are: skilled in the fundamentals of art, have the ability to critique existing artworks and famous artists;  can apply knowledge, skills and understanding to create artwork in a range of meaningful contexts. The curriculum for art is carefully sequenced to build: knowledge, skills, vocabulary and experiences which build on prior learning and enable pupils to make connections between ideas/their learning and the world around them. We also want pupils to have an appreciation of art and aim to nurture a sense of fun and curiosity about the subject.  

We believe that art can contribute to cultural understanding, therefore we want the children to see art as being relevant to their world and applicable to everyday life as well as being something that develops through their school life and ultimately into the world of employment/and beyond. Our curriculum is intended to be progressive, build on prior learning and to actively encourage children to have purposeful memorable experiences. We recognise our school has a very unique setting and use the local environment as a rich learning resource.  We are mindful that our pupils need to be aware of the cultural diversity which exists beyond the island and actively seek opportunities to deepen our pupils’ awareness, understanding and tolerance of the multicultural world in which we live. 

 

Art topics & Artists across the Year groups. 2021/22

Year Group

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Nursery

Balance between child and adult led activities

Transient Art

Plans need to be flexible, to take in children's own interests.

 

Reception

Balance between child and adult led activities -

Focus on how to use equipment & holding and using equipment with control.

Aboriginal Australian style paintings

Sculpture – salt dough fossils

 

 

Archimbolo – fruit pictures

Water colour paint

Looking at the world around us.

Drawing trees/ plants/bugs

Marbling – space pictures

Year 1

Painting – colour mixing.

Printing – Autumn

Andy Warhol

Painting – Edward Tingatinga

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x

Sculpture – clay animals

 

 

Drawing – observational drawing of shells

Printing –Andy Warhol beach huts

Year 2

Sculpture

Andy Goldsworthy

 

 

 

 

 

Painting & Mixed Media

Great Fire of London

 

DRAWING

Sketching flowers

Paul Klee Castles

PRINTING

Year 3

Drawing Portraits

Picasso

 

 

 

 

x

Painting

Cave painting

Printing

Marbling

x

Sculpture

Iron Man

Year 4

Drawing

Evacuee picture

Kinder transport memorial: The Arrival, sculpted in bronze by Frank Meisler

Sculpture

Clay creatures

(Painting)

Narnia

x

Drawing

Anglo Saxons

Illustrated letters

PRINTING

Gelli Printing - Nature

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year 5

 

Printing Screen

(multi media)

Brazil carnival

Lobo

 

x

Drawing

Walt Disney

Glenn King

Quentin Blake

Illustration

Sculpture

Mod Rock

Egyptian death mask

x

Painting

William Morris

Let’s go outdoors – science and plants

Year 6

Painting-  Seascapes

Hokusai

x

Drawing

Sketching, pencil, perspective, charcoal

Printing Lino

Tad Carpenter

Sculpture

Mod rock

Greek artefacts

x

Curriculum Overview and Progression

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