Art and Design
At Chesterfield we are artists! Inline with our curriculum driver, developing aspirations and possibilities for all, we want children to have no limits to what their ambitions are and grow up wanting to be illustrators, creative directors or printmakers. Art is an important form of expression that can build children’s self-awareness and self esteem as they learn to make their own decisions and take risks. Due to the nature of the ‘arts’ and its diversity there is no right or wrong way to create a piece of art. Therefore pupils at Chesterfield can gain confidence and a feeling of achievement from whatever the end result may be. We want all our pupils to experience a wide and varied art curriculum, which leaves them artistically curious. Our curriculum drivers of oracy, emotional intelligence and aspirations for all shape every aspect of art and design, are embedded in teaching and learning and develop the child as a whole.
Our art and design curriculum is designed to engage, inspire and challenge children, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art through themes called the ‘Learning Quest’. Whilst art and design is taught discretely, we make meaningful links across subjects to connect the Learning Quest. For example, when the children explore the ‘Islamic civilization in history, they will also explore Islamic art through creating and designing their own clay tiles. The Learning Quest provides opportunities for pupils to critically evaluate the contribution of art and design to different cultures and periods in history, making meaningful connections within and across subjects and enabling pupils to know more and remember more over time.
There is great pleasure to be derived from art and design and through deeper understanding children can gain access to cultural richness and diversity. The appreciation and enjoyment of the visual arts enriches all our lives. At Chesterfield we believe that the learning of art provides a valuable educational, as well as social and cultural experience for children of all ages. We have carefully chosen artists to help empower our children, demonstrating diversity and opportunity for all. Great artists have been chosen that help tell the story of how art has evolved throughout history and how they have helped to shape and contribute to the creativity and wealth of our nation. Children will touch on movements such as Impressionism and Pop art and look at art from different cultures such as Islamic and African art. Within their art lessons, children have the opportunity to analyse and reflect upon the artists work as well as make links between artists.