Here at Blessed Mother Teresa's, we understand the importance and excitement of immersing our pupils in good quality art activities, learning from the 'best of the best'. Our children will experience working with examples of artwork created by both globally known and local Artists. Through our Curriculum Vehicles, we endeavour to ensure that pupils have the opportunities to visit Art galleries, both physically and via the world wide web, as well as meeting artists face to face.
Art curriculum statement
Art National Curriculum
Here is 'What the children say...'
Aiyla - "I really like art because it is fun and calming and I love drawing and painting."
Year 3 - "Art can be whatever you want because there are no wrong styles."
Skye - "The best part of art was learning about mosaics and doing my own seascape rubbings."
Our curriculum is divided into a sequence of learning that enables all children to develop their knowledge, skills and understanding.
Step 1 – Research
This is where children look at a range of artists, craftspeople and designers. They begin to gather knowledge about the artist, carry out some observational drawings and collect samples of fabric, magazine cut-outs and key vocabulary that inspire them.
Step 2 – Experimentation
We begin to experiment with a range of processes and techniques. This is a fundamental part of learning in art and design, it is where our children begin to develop their craft.
Step 3 – Design
Our children should by this point have a wealth of information linked to their overarching topic or vehicle link. It is now time to look back at what they have learnt and collected to decide what they want to include in their final piece.
Children will consider:
- What is their composition going to look like?
- What colours are they going to use?
- What materials are they going to use and how are they going to use them?
- How are they going to apply what they have learnt into one final piece of art?
Children will then begin to draft/sketch out their idea for a final piece, annotating with thoughts and ideas.
Step 4 – Making
It’s time to get making their final piece! The sketchbook is very important for this stage of learning as their planning contains the tools they need to create their vision. Our children are now able to create their vision on a larger scale.
Step 5 - Evaluation
Evaluation is an integral part of each stage as children are constantly evaluating their work. Every time they make a mark or manipulate the materials they are using, they are evaluating the effectiveness of what they have done and how it matches their intention.
For their evaluation, a picture of their final piece is stuck in their books and children write their evaluations around it. They consider what went well, what they are pleased with and what skills they hope to improve in the future.
The Best of The Best
Roy Fox Lichtenstein (; October 27, 1923 – September 29, 1997) was an American pop artist. During the 1960s, along with Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, and James Rosenquist among others, he became a leading figure in the new art movement. His work defined the premise of pop art through parody. Inspired by the comic strip, Lichtenstein produced precise compositions that documented while they parodied, often in a tongue-in-cheek manner. His work was influenced by popular advertising and the comic book style. He described pop art as "not 'American' painting but actually industrial painting". His paintings were exhibited at the Leo Castelli Gallery in New York City.
Whaam! and Drowning Girl are generally regarded as Lichtenstein's most famous works. Drowning Girl, Whaam!, and Look Mickey are regarded as his most influential works. His most expensive piece is Masterpiece, which was sold for $165 million in January 2017.
Click the link below to take a virtual tour of The National Gallery.
If you want to find out a little more about the art exhibitions within Staffordshire, then check out Staffordshire Arts Magazine.