The artist is not a special kind of person; rather each person is a special kind of artist’ – Ananda Coomaraswamy.
At Rhodes Avenue we believe that every child has the potential for great creativity. Our curriculum for Art and Design aims to nurture our pupils’ curiosity and the confidence to experiment, while developing key skills and techniques through a range of media.
By following the four key strands in the National Curriculum for Art and Design; ideas, making, knowledge and evaluation, each child has the opportunity to shine as well as develop their skills in art. Following this approach, children are encouraged to reflect, evaluate and share their artwork while engaging in the making process. We explore both contemporary and historic artworks from of a range of artists, designers and cultures, often linking our research with current issues and some of the wider topics children are learning about at school. This helps to reinforce key concepts, develop critical thinking skills and extend children’s understanding of the history and culture of the world around them. Art lessons give the opportunity for students to express themselves individually as well as work as part of a team and develop problem-solving skills.
Key Stage 1 and Reception students have the opportunity to work with the school’s Art Specialist Teacher on a rotational basis while each Key Stage 2 class receive at least one term of specialist art lessons within each academic year. In addition to this, all year groups within school regularly engage in art activities with their classroom teachers. Art trips are organised when possible and we welcome parents and visitors who would like to offer their artistic expertise or would like to just come to lend a helping hand in the art room.
Our Art Specialist Teacher:
Rosie Sawyer (the school’s Art Specialist Teacher and Art Subject Leader) is an Art teacher with 15 years experience, having taught at both primary and secondary level at leading schools across London. Her qualifications include a Bachelors degree from Central St Martins, an MA from Goldsmiths in Art and Contemporary Teaching Practice and completed her thesis on the subject of creative process. She has also completed a year’s training in Art Therapy and is passionate about enabling students to realise their creative potential through the teaching of Art.
Some examples of work from different year groups:
Reception – What is drawing? Making a mark
Reception children take part in a workshop exploring line; they experiment with a range of media and we discuss the qualities of the different lines they make. We look at images of tracks made by vehicles and animals in nature and compare them to our drawings. We learn that any drawing starts with making a mark.
Year 1 – Can colours express our feelings?
We read Dr Zeuss ‘My Many coloured days” and look at the work of Picasso’s Blue and Rose periods to explore the idea of using colour to express feelings. Children develop self portraits and colour maps of the body to explore this concept further and reflect on their own feelings.
Year 2 – Exploring tone and pattern in nature
In connection with their Seaside theme, Year 2 explore the textures and tones of fish through observational drawing and by handling real fish! Children then go on to model their own fish using plaster bandage. They collage their drawings on to their models to add texture and pattern.
Year 3 – Identify and belief pots
Year 3 are introduced to the work of Grayson Perry who explores his identity and beliefs in his giant ceramic pots. Like Grayson, Children start with making identity collages and then use the images from these to develop decorations for their papier-mâché pots using a range of media and art techniques. Popping the balloon inside at the end is always a highlight!
News from the Art room
Life Drawing for Adults
Art Home learning
Whole School Art Projects and Events
Take One Picture
Glastonbury Oxfam Banners
Websites/places/events to visit for budding artists