At St. John’s, we aim to enhance children’s visual language and love for art. We aim to develop the children’s ability to explore art through cross curricular links, work collaboratively and expose children to a range of different media and inspiring experiences. Within our lessons, we believe it is vital to focus on the creative journey and develop our artistic knowledge and key skills. We love to use our sketchbooks to collect our ideas and experiences which helps us to master techniques and work towards our final piece. Art at St.John’s offers children experiences analysing the work of great artists and encourages an understanding of how art and design reflects and contributes to history, and exhibits different cultures through our Harmony Curriculum.
The national curriculum for art and design aims to ensure that all pupils:
produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences
become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques
evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design
know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.
Art & Harmony Week
At St. John’s, we enjoyed a Creative Harmony week inspired by ‘Tobias and the Angel’ by Andrea del Verrocchio. Each class analysed the work and learnt about the story of the painting. Writing was inspired and, of course, each class produced some amazing art through a range of media which was displayed at our Harmony exhibition.
Pottery at St John’s with Stevie Carter
Each year group takes part in an exciting pottery unit with Stevie every year. They experiment manipulating and moulding clay and design and make some fantastic clay models linked to current topics. These are then fired in the kiln and displayed around our school.
Year 5 Rainforest Totem Poles
In pottery, we have made cylinders that have been used to form our ‘Rainforest Totem Poles’. We had to mould the cylinders then make rainforest animals and place them where we wanted using clay.
It has been displayed outside the brick wall near the glass corridor. We love that it is displayed and it is wonderful that people can see it every day. We hope that people love it as much as we do. This has been the best experience ever. It is taller than all of us. Thank you Stevie! (Leah, Gabby and Layla)