It is our intention at Melton to deliver an exciting and engaging art curriculum where all children, no matter what their individual needs are, can access and enjoy a variety of art lessons. We want all of our pupils to find a love of art through acquiring new knowledge and exploring a range of skills. At Melton, we aim to give children opportunities to develop their knowledge and skills in a multitude of techniques which are delivered through our carefully planned topics and are designed specifically for the children at our school. We hope that our children can both inspire others and be inspired by others. The curriculum at Melton encourages all children to discuss artwork including their own, other pupils and famous artists. Above all, at Melton, all children’s artwork is celebrated, and we recognise that every child is unique. Children are encouraged to have their own artistic intentions and to think creatively.
Art has been purposefully planned into our new curriculum at Melton to inspire all children to engage in their termly topics.
Throughout the school year, every child will be taught a wide range of techniques and taught to become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques. Within their lessons they will produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences. Furthermore, they will be taught how to evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design. Additionally, they will find out about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.
At Melton, we recognise that art is a subject which is open to interpretation and that an individual’s perception may differ from another’s. As a result, we support every child with their aspirations in art and provide opportunities for all to explore creatively whilst also meeting the expectations of the national curriculum. We also encourage art to be explored further at home through our termly curriculum leaflet ‘homework tasks’ which include projects where children can choose how they produce their work.
At Melton we are proud of our links with Sutton Hoo where our learning ambassadors take part in a brilliant art project. Within this, they create artwork which is viewed by the public.
Lastly, we offer opportunities for all children to attend clubs throughout the year where they can develop their art and craft skills.
There are many ways we can demonstrate the inspiring Art curriculum at Melton. Below are a few highlights:
- Walk into Robins’ class and see the excellent, personalized self-portraits using both paint and collage.
- Visit the art area to see the fantastic chalk drawings completed as part of the Stone Age topic in Eagles and Woodpeckers.
- View the moving World War Two stencil art in Penguins’ and Owls’ classrooms.
- Parrots class have designed village signs while learning how to use pastels.
- Puffins Class have learnt how to use pencils to draw local buildings. Furthermore, they have thought about the shapes on building and used this to inform their printing artwork whilst also learning the primary colours.
- · Examples of high-quality artwork from all classes can be seen throughout the school, including our Art area.
- Our learning ambassadors say, “we are proud of the work they have done with Sutton Hoo because people who visit the National Trust site can see it.”
- Each year we have an inspiring themed art event for the whole school where local artists are invited in, exciting art activities are planned, and every child’s artwork is celebrated.