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Hadley Learning Community: Art and Design Curriculum

"Art is not just a subject to learn, but an activity that you can practise with your hands, your eyes, your whole personality"
Quentin Blake

Here at HLC we believe that Art stimulates children’s creativity, fires their imagination and gives them a fundamental means of personal expression. It provides visual, tactile and sensory experiences through which they communicate what they see, feel and think. We consider art to be the ultimate expression of personality and a robust art curriculum allows all of our students to express themselves, their culture, and what makes them unique with confidence.

We guide the children’s knowledge of the use of colour, texture, form, pattern and different materials and processes, providing them with opportunities to explore ways to apply these to their own independent works of art.

The Art and Design curriculum at HLC has been carefully designed to ensure each child can become inspired, engaged and have the means to express their individuality through exploring and developing skills in three key strands: Drawing, Painting and Sculpture.

 These units of work are placed throughout the year to give teachers and children opportunities to become inspired and challenged in the learning process creatively interlinked to their wider learning. They explore techniques and take inspiration from selected relevant artists to develop skills and broaden their understanding of how art and design have shaped our history and contributed to the culture of our nation.

This all leads up to creating a final piece to showcase their learning process and imagination. The students’ completed pieces are then displayed in our class galleries and throughout school for all to enjoy, encouraging a sense of pride in our children. In addition to this, children are given the opportunities to rehearse their artistic skills through cross curricular activities linked to their learning topics, one of our most successful being year group representations of Flanders Field when exploring Remembrance Day across the school.

We ensure that we provide children with a rich, exciting and varied Art curriculum by enriching the national curriculum through various experiences.  Alongside exploring inspirational famous artists to provide deeper knowledge of historical and cultural movements, we try, where possible, to take learning outside. This provides children with first hand experiences to engage with Art and recognise the role and purpose of Art and develop a more rigorous understanding of what Art looks like inside outside the classroom.

We give children across the school the opportunities to engage with artists first-hand by inviting local artists into school as well as organising educational visits to local sculpture parks and art galleries.  Our Year 3 children immensely enjoy their visit to the British Ironworks Centre to see the skill and detail that goes into such sculptures. At HLC we are also extremely fortunate to work closely with secondary specialist teachers to provide pupils with further learning opportunities to experiment with and explore their individual ideas through all the elements of Art.