The draft national curriculum for art and design is not really very good. So here is an attempt to interpret it. In truth it need not stop you doing what you want and it does contain, hidden within it, a perfectly sound conceptual framework upon which to build. This is not unrelated to the model in the last post.
PS. I am also rather proud of having found out how to add popup text into a WordPress site (which doesnt allow flash.)
PPS The final version was actually rather better so am just leaving this for the record.
Draft Art and design from 2014
Purpose of study
Art and design embody the highest form of human creativity. Art and design teaching should instil in pupils an appreciation of beauty and an awareness of how creativity depends on technical mastery. They should learn to draw, paint and sculpt as well as design and create aesthetically pleasing objects in two and three dimensions. Pupils should learn about the achievements of great artists and designers.
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 using drawing, painting, sculpture and other creative expressions
- evaluate and analyse artistic works using the language of art, craft and design
- know about the great artists, craftsmen and designers, and understand the historical development of their art forms.
By the end of each key stage, pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified in the relevant programme of study.
Key Stage 1
- using a range of materials to design and make products
- using drawing, painting and sculpture to share their ideas, experiences and imagination
- developing techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space using clay and printing to a large scale and in 3D
- being taught about the work of a range of artists, craftsmen and designers, describing the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, and making links to their own work.
Key Stage 2
Pupils should be taught to develop their techniques, including their control and their use of materials, with experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design.
Pupils should be taught:
- to create sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and
- revisit ideas, and collect visual material to help them to develop their ideas
- to improve their mastery of techniques, such as drawing, painting and sculpture with materials (e.g. pencil, charcoal, paint, clay)
- about the greatest artists, architects and designers in history.
Key Stage 3
Pupils should be taught to develop their ideas and increase proficiency in their execution.
They should develop a critical understanding of artists, architects and designers, expressing reasoned judgements that can inform their own work.
Pupils should be taught:
- to use a range of drawing techniques to record their observations in sketchbooks and journals as a basis for exploring their ideas using a range of media, such as painting with oils and watercolours, videos and installations
- to increase their proficiency in the handling of different materials
- to analyse and evaluate their own work, and that of others, in order to strengthen the visual impact or applications of their work
- about the history of art, craft and design, including major movements from ancient to the modernist periods (e.g. Art Nouveau, Impressionism, Dadaism).