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Gilbert Inglefield

Art Curriculum 2020-2021

Head of Art & Design Technology: Ms. E. Hopkin
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We  have a fully equipped specialist Art room.

Children are taught the techniques and skills of drawing, painting, printing, clay and a variety of other two and three-dimensional techniques. Pupils study a range of artists, crafts people and Art movements (including Art from other cultures) through a variety of activities and explore many ways of working. Pupils are encouraged from the start of Year 5 to take pride in their working environment and work both individually and collaboratively.

In Years 5 and 6 we provide a broad Art course which serves as a foundation for the projects studied in Years 7 and 8. The course includes observational drawing, painting, collage, clay, model-making and general practice in the Art Room.

In Years 7 and 8 the children consolidate and build upon what they have learned in Years 5 and 6. They develop techniques and skills in drawing, painting and printing. Three-dimensional work is also undertaken in clay, papier mâché and recycled materials. Children are encouraged to experiment with the basic principles and properties of each medium as well as exploring the art made in different cultures and eras.

The Art Department at Gilbert Inglefield encourages all students to work to the best of their ability. Students have the opportunity to work in a large variety of materials including print making, ceramics and textiles, but drawing is the basis for most work. They are introduced to the works of artists and designers, often linking with other subjects.


The aims of Art in the curriculum are to give pupils the opportunity:

  • To develop their skills of observation, through which they can learn about the world in which they live
  • To foster the capacity for imagination and original thought and experimentation
  • To develop an ability to record visual, imaginative and original thought and experimentation
  • To develop an ability to record visual images and through these express ideas and feelings
  • To sustain an idea or theme through sequential development
  • To develop technical skills i.e. drawing, painting, three-dimensional work
  • To collaborate effectively with others in making art
  • To develop an ability to evaluate and modify both their own and the work of others
  • To understand and value the contribution made by artists, designers and craft workers

In all years pupils develop their art skills mainly though project based learning. They are introduced to a selection of different artists, historical periods and cultures and are encouraged to explore ideas and collect research work in a sketchbook. There is opportunity to work in a large number of media, both three and two dimensionally.

Key Stage 2

Pupils have one hour of Art each week.

Year 5: Work is made in clay, mixed media, printmaking as well as different forms of drawing. They look at a variety of contemporary works as well as more traditional artists including Antonio Gaudi and William Morris.

Year 6: Pupils continue their experiences from year 5 and study projects based on different themes including narrative art, the natural world and the local environment. They work in a wide variety of media both two and three dimensionally using artists such as Andy Warhol and Kelly Stanford.  

Key Stage 3

Pupils have one hour of Art each week.

Year 7: Pupils are encouraged to look at various art including work made on a theme of recycling and ocean plastic, graffiti street art as well as a more design-based theme on shoes. Pupils work in a variety of materials including clay, papier mâché, paint. Previous projects have included looking at Seurat and Matisse, contrasting skills and subject matter with the MFL department.

Year 8: Pupils continue to work in their sketchbooks using them to record and collate research. Pupils work from observation where possible and use clay, mixed media, oil pastels, printmaking, watercolours and collage. Their drawing and recording skills become a large focus of the Art lessons. Pupils look at various artists and how they have shown their own identity, social comment and different artistic viewpoint through their work. Pupils are introduced to traditional and more contemporary artists whilst developing their own work inspired by them. Students are encouraged to work more independently throughout the year to help support their transition into year 9.