Art in the Primary School
Visual Art in the primary school is taught both as a discreet subject, and as a cross-curricular subject.
Skill-development – such as colour-mixing, using tone and shade, 3-D construction techniques – are taught as part of an artistic programme that helps children develop a range of practical skills during their primary schooling.
Discovery of the World themes is used as a vehicle for teaching both the History of Art and a variety of techniques used by artists throughout history and around the world. For example, in this academic year, classes in P3P4P5 are learning about, and creating Prehistoric Art (dot paintings, stencils, clay pots), Roman mosaics and observational drawings of buildings using perspective, among many other themes and styles.
Art is also sometimes taught across language sections – for example, in the P1P2 classes this year, pupils have worked in mixed language groups to create paintings of trees in the style of Dubuffet.
The new European School Primary Art curriculum has been recently published and will followed from September 2014 onwards, so during our non-teaching time this year we will be preparing a whole-school plan, from Nursery to P5, taking into consideration the rolling Discovery of the World programmes, as well as the range of skills, knowledge and attitudes that have been identified in the new curriculum, ensuring that these develop and build upon each other throughout the Nursery and Primary school years.
To ensure the smooth transition from P5 to S1 ; we will be communicating with the Art co-ordinator at the Secondary school.
Once this new plan is in place, we will be taking an audit of Art materials so that the staff are appropriately equipped to teach the new programme next year.