Art and Design at Primrose Hill
Our art and design curriculum challenges and inspires children whilst equipping them with the skills and techniques needed to experiment, craft and innovate. As pupils progress through school, our curriculum promotes a deeper understanding and evaluation of a range of artists and work created. During their school career, our pupils develop their skills as drawers, painters, sculptors, and printmakers. These ensure our pupils are equipped with the essential skill set they need as they transfer to KS3 and continue their art education journey.
At Primrose Hill our art lessons are high-quality and ensure all children develop their imaginative and creative thinking skills. They become fully immersed in the wider world and develop a good awareness of different cultures. Our children develop a greater understanding of their own British culture and history of which they are now an important part. Our art curriculum helps our children develop their own understanding of emotions and those of others and gives them a safe environment in which to explore these. We ensure our children develop their self-confidence and resilience through sketchbook work. This gives them lots of opportunities to practice and be resourceful and to find different ways and techniques to create their work.
Our key substantive knowledge strands are:
These are an integral part of our curriculum. At Primrose Hill we want our children to get better at art. We want our children to become fluent in the specialisms we have chosen, we want our children to be confident to try out ideas, methods and techniques and the ultimate aim is to ensure our children become authentic by being able to demonstrate their skills and knowledge.
Through high quality lessons and enrichment in KS2, we aim to develop essential characteristics of artists and give them further opportunity to express their artistic skills through practical knowledge.
We aim for all children to develop art skills, construct knowledge and cultivate positive values and attitudes towards the subject. Gaining delight, enjoyment and satisfaction through the participation of art activities and pursuing a lifelong interest in the arts is our main aim.
Owlcotes Elements - An Appreciation of Art
During their time at Primrose Hill, we want our pupils to develop their love of art and their appreciation of art. This includes appreciating their own artwork and that of famous artists. Planned artist studies and Artist of the Month support this.
All children throughout school are given the opportunity to have their artwork displayed in their classrooms and in frames situated around school. Links have also been made with No 54 Café in Fulneck and some children in Upper Key Stage 2 had and continue to have paintings on display here.
Other planned opportunities to foster an appreciation of art include: producing galleries for parents and other members of the community, visits from artists who are invited into school to work with children, planned trips to art galleries and planned trips to see high school art exhibitions.
Year 4 Artist Visit June 2022
As part of our Owlcotes Elements ‘An Appreciation of Art’ children in year 4 worked with a professional artist, Beatrice Knowles. The children took part in a workshop with Beatrice to design and create fabric prints in the style of William Morris, which links to their history topic the Victorians. They created individual fabric prints to take home and a large class print for display. Please have a look at the gallery below to see the children in action.
Access All Arts 6th-10th June
This week children across school have taken part in the Access All Arts week; a week-long creative journey through the arts. Children in Early Years and Key Stage 1 have enjoyed exploring sounds, playing with words and using their hands to represent emotions; capturing these as photographs. Children in Key Stage 2 unleashed their imaginations through the art of storytelling. They experimented with actions to create a sequence of creative movements and listened to musicians; exploring the sounds their instruments make. Have a look at the gallery below!
23rd May - 26th May 2022
Children throughout school were encouraged to design a print to reflect themselves and what they enjoy. Our youngest children carved simple prints into potatoes whilst our oldest children carved into lino! Every child had the opportunity to print onto a whole school huge banner which reads ‘Together we can make a difference’ - A great example of progression in printmaking. Well done everybody! Please have a look at the gallery below to see the children in action.
Sunny Bank Mills - Gallery Visit and Printmaking Workshop
Some children in year 5 and year 6 attended a gallery visit and mono printing workshop at Sunny Bank Mills. They thoroughly enjoyed looking at the Drawn from the Land Exhibition on display and then recreating their own screen prints inspired by the world around them. Children practiced their mono printing techniques and learnt how to add layers to their prints using different coloured ink. Well done to everybody who participated!
Artist Visit - Nicolas Dixon
28th February 2022
Local artist Nicolas Dixon visited school and talked to the children in Year 5 about his work. He showed pictures of his pieces and the children asked questions about the inspiration for his artwork. He then walked into Pudsey with a small group to show them his artwork in our local area. As part of the assembly, every child was given a raffle ticket and at the end, three children won a piece of his art work. Thank you very much to Nicolas for his time and expertise, this was a really fabulous opportunity for our children.
Sunny Bank Mills - Gallery Visit and Printmaking Workshop
Some children in year 3 and year 4 attended a gallery visit and mono printing workshop at Sunny Bank Mills. They thoroughly enjoyed looking at the Northern Soul Exhibition on display and then recreating their own screen prints inspired by artist Ian Scott Massie. Children practiced their mono printing techniques and learnt how to add a layer to their prints using different coloured ink. They drew from direct observation the rural landscape around them. Well done to everybody who participated!
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