Art & Design

Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity.

At D’Eyncourt we believe that a high-quality art and design education should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design.

As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.

The national curriculum for art and design aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences
  • become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design
  • techniques
  • evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design
  • know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and
  • cultural development of their art forms.

In Key Stage 1:

  • to use a range of materials creatively to design and make products
  • to use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences
  • and imagination
  • to develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture,
  • line, shape, form and space
  • about the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers, describing thelinks to their own work.
  • differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, and making

In Key Stage 2:

  • 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 create sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit
  • ideas
  • 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]
  • about great artists, architects and designers in history.

At D’Eyncourt, in Key stages 1 and 2, art and design lessons will all have cross-curricular links to the topics being taught in literacy, history, geography and science. For example, during the autumn term Key Stage 1 will be linking their artwork to their history topic on houses past and present, looking at the design of the buildings and artwork present on them. They will also look at the lives and work of designers such as Charles Rennie Mackintosh.

Upper Key stage 2 will be linking to their geography work on North America, learning how to draw skyscrapers and other buildings in 3D and learning about the Pop Art movement that took place in the U.S.A during the last century. Lower Key Stage 2 will be linking their artwork to both their science lessons on living creatures and to their history topic on the Stone Age to Iron Age Britain where they will be working in clay to recreate patterns and objects from that time.