Characteristics of an Artist
- The ability to use visual language skillfully and convincingly (for example, line, shape, pattern, colour, texture, form) to express emotions, interpret observations, convey insights and accentuate their individuality.
- The ability to communicate fluently in visual and tactile form.
- The ability to draw confidently and adventurously from observation, memory and imagination.
- The ability to explore and invent marks, develop and deconstruct ideas and communicate perceptively and powerfully through purposeful drawing in 2D, 3D or digital media.
- An impressive knowledge and understanding of other artists, craft makers and designers.
- The ability to think and act like creative practitioners by using their knowledge and understanding to inform, inspire and interpret ideas, observations and feelings.
- Independence, initiative and originality which they can use to develop their creativity.
- The ability to select and use materials, processes and techniques skillfully and inventively to realise intentions and capitalise on the unexpected.
- The ability to reflect on, analyse and critically evaluate their own work and that of others.
- A passion for and a commitment to the subject.
Our pupils should be able to organise their knowledge, skills and understanding around the following learning hooks:
- Develop ideas
- Master techniques
- Take inspiration from the greats
These key concepts or as we like to explain them to children – learning hooks, underpin learning in each milestone. This enables pupils to reinforce and build upon prior learning, make connections and develop subject specific language.
Please see Long Term Planning for Art and Design
Aspirations For The Future
Pupils develop an understanding of how subjects and specific skills are linked to future jobs.
Here are some of the jobs you could aspire to do in the future as an Artist:
- Wardrobe master
- Author and illustrator
- Furniture designer
- Fashion designer
Through the explicit teaching of the Art skills, both the teachers and the pupils assess their learning continuously throughout the lesson. Children develop Sketchbooks of work that follow them through school to show their developing skills in Art. They take pride in displaying their artwork around school to reflect their learning. Our assessment systems enable teachers to make informed judgements about the depth of their learning and the progress they have made over time.
“I like painting and finding out about different artists.”
“I thoroughly enjoy Art! It’s my favourite subject. I’m working on a Chinese Dragon which is very tricky. I feel proud when my work gets displayed.”
“I love Art and I think it’s really relaxing. It’s one of my favourite things to do at school.”
“I like being creative, so Art is a great subject for me. I practise to get better and it’s fun.”
Here is what Art and Design looks like at St. Joseph’s