Art and Design
Being one of the curriculum drivers at Hillborough Infant and Nursery School, we encourage our pupils through the creative curriculum to gain the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art.
In Early Years Foundation Stage, pupils predict, plan and problem solve as they create their pieces of art. Pupils investigate a range of mark making tools and begin to explore and learn different techniques, such as mixing colours in painting, drawing different lines and talking about their creations. Pupils will be exploring paintings of Frida Kaahlo and have a go at making self-portraits in the same way. In the Spring and Summer term, pupils will continue to explore other artists such Henri Matisse and develop their existing art skills.
In Key Stage One, pupils explore other techniques and skills with greater detail. Examples of this include drawing different thickness and size of lines to create textures and tones as well as gaining confidence in using a range of other tools. They will also use rollers in printing and carving tools in sculpting. This term, for our ‘Happy Mind, Happy Me’ topic, the pupils will be exploring and creating work in the style Giuseppe Archmboldo, Andy Godsworthy and Rachel Ruysch. In the following terms, pupils will go onto exploring the work of other artists such as Lucien Rudaux, Andy Warhol. In addition, pupils will compare illustrations to the work of artist Lowry and learn about African art and explore the work of a famous African artist Esther Mahlangu. Pupils will use a range of media to create different effects and using horizontal lines to create a drawing with perspective and use lines to create cross hatching.
All opportunities are carefully planned into our topics to provide purposeful ways for pupils to make connections or to use context when exploring an area of focus. Pupils also learn how art and design both reflect and shape our history. They develop their knowledge and understanding of other artists, craft makers and designers. Pupils are also provided with opportunities to apply these skills and explore their own styles when creating pieces of art.
In March 2020, Hillborough and Infant School was awarded a Silver Artsmark award. Artsmark recognises schools that bring art alive, as well as supporting the creative development in individual pupils.