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Gorseybrigg Primary School and Nursery

Art and DT

Gorseybrigg Primary School and Nursery provides children with an exciting and enriched art curriculum.

Art and design stimulates creativity and imagination.

It provides visual, tactile and sensory experiences. The children are able to use their art work as a form of visual communication and personal expression in a variety of media and techniques.

Art and design is not just a subject to learn, but an activity that you can practise:
with your hands, your eyes, your whole personality.

- Quentin Blake | Illustrator and Children's Laureate

Art at Gorseybrigg Primary School and Nursery is taught through class topics.

The children are given the opportunity to work with a range of media and learn about various skills and there application. Throughout school they learn about famous artists and craftsmen to inspire ideas and creativity.

What are the range of learning experiences and teaching strategies?

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

In the EYFS, the indoor and outdoor environments provide children with a wide range of activities to promote creativity including; drawing, collage, painting, textiles, 3D work and printmaking.

Key Stage 1

At Key Stage 1, our children are introduced to a range of materials and techniques in drawing, painting, sculpture and product design.

They are encouraged to use their imagination and creativity in their work and to begin to be reflective artists. The children take influence from famous artists and designers including Mondrian and Bridget Riley. In year two’s Happily Ever After topic, the children take inspiration from the painting ‘Castle and Sun’ by Paul Klee. They use collage and paint to create their own castles.

Key Stage 2

At Key Stage 2, our children learn to master the skills and techniques acquired in KS1 and learn to become more critical of their own work, discussing how they could improve and refine their work.

They gain the confidence to select and discuss their choice of media. For example, in year three children design their own masterpieces in the style of Pablo Picasso and in year five children use a collection of natural materials to make land art, inspired by the sculptures by Andy Goldsworthy.