Art and Design
What is the intent of our art and design curriculum?
At Bridge we endeavour for every child to be inspired by art and design. To provide a curriculum that engages, challenges, enables curiosity, creativity and being reflective. We want to provide enriching experiences that will spark self-expression, experimentation and excitement. Our curriculum is inclusive and meets the needs of all children; developing positive attitudes and critical thinking. We shall embed the knowledge and skills in to the termly topics and ensure progression. The children will know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture capital society we live in and wealth of our nation.
How will we implement our art and design curriculum?
Our curriculum is inclusive and meets the needs of all children; developing positive attitudes to learning through:
The skills and knowledge that children will develop throughout each art topic have been mapped across each year group and are progressive throughout the school using the Cornerstones Curriculum that reflects the National Curriculum objectives. The emphasis on knowledge ensures that children understand the context of the artwork, as well as the artists that they are learning about and being inspired by. Art and design will be embedded into the core and foundation subjects to enable a positively connected curriculum.
The children will be taught to develop their techniques, including their control and their use of materials, with creativity, experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design.
- To produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences
- To create sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas
- To become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques
- To improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials [for example, pencil, charcoal, paint, clay]
- To evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design
- About great artists, architects and designers in history.
- To know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.
Bridge will develop each individual child’s ability to SHINE over the four years in Key Stage 2. The children will have undertaken many topics with art and design focuses. The children will have produced an art portfolio in their sketch books that will reflect their independent journeys. The children will have visited art galleries, conversed with ‘real-life’ artists, taken part in themed learning and researched a range of historical to current artists who have produced art work based on their own inspirations. The children will have a developed a sense of ownership and confidence in their own abilities and artistic visions. They will be able to positively critique art and designs using a wide range of vocabulary and present information to an audience during whole school exhibitions and gallery displays. We believe that every child will have developed their confidence through a curriculum, which promotes self-belief and high aspirations. The knowledge and skills will help them to excel as lifelong learners on their educational journey.
Spring 2020 Update on the Artsmark
In February 2018 Bridge Junior School began an exciting journey in to the Artsmark where we could engage our children, staff and community into a range of art forms.
We devised an action plan of points we wanted to focus on over the two year project:
> Increasing a range of art and musical opportunities and experiences for our children.
> Raising staff confidence in the arts and teaching in alternative ways to inspire our children.
> Involve our community and demonstrate how the arts can enrich our childrens’ education.
Over the two years we have worked towards the targets above. Our project enabled us to build strong links with our local art bases in Leicester such as the Attenborough Arts Centre (AAC), the Mighty Creatives and City Classroom.
Our Year 5 and 6 cohorts over the past two years have been very lucky to be the very first to view wonderful exhibitions at the AAC, meet the artists in person or via video links, artists have visited the school to hold a range of workshops, the children have performed at the AAC and had their work exhibited in the gallery.
The children have engaged with and been inspired by the following artists:
> Aaron Williamson - Multimedia Artist
> Claude Cahun - Photography Art with masks
> Laura Swanson - Photography Art with identity
> Amartey Golding - Multimedia Artist
> Yinka Shonibare - Cultural and Political Artist
> Lucy Jones - Expressive Artist
> Sargent Mann - Landscape and Figurative Artist
> Emma Fay - Portrait Artist
> Juan Delgado - Landscape Artist
> Kelly Richardson - Multimedia Artist using computer software
> Ava Hunt - Theatre Company Artist
> John Berkavitch - Poetry Artist
> Bridget Riley - Fine Artist
> Mrs Kaur - Music Artist - Sitar, Harmonium, Tanpura
> Mr Singh - Music Artist - Tabla, Dhol
> Leicester City Music Hub - Artist and Instruments
> DeMontfort Hall - Singing Winter Concert
> Bridge Junior School - Singing Choir with instruments
Free venues in Leicester that provide an arts cultural experience are:
Atttenborough Arts Centre in Leicester
New Walk Museum
Newarke Houses Museum
Abbey Pumping Station
The Guildhall Museum
Belgrave Hall Leicester
Jewry Wall Museum
Leicestershire Music Education Hub
Other venues that provide experiences for a cost include:
Space Centre in Leicester
Leicester Print Workshop
Bridge Junior School would like to thank all the above venues and artists for the wonderful experiences they have provided our children, staff and community with over the past two years. We hope to continue these links to inspire our young minds to think and learn in more eclectic and diverse ways.