Art and Design

Art is a highly valued part of the curriculum at Lisle Marsden Primary Academy and is one of the subjects which are integral to the children receiving a broad and balanced curriculum. We are the proud holder of the Arts Mark Gold award.

In the Early Years Foundation Stage art is part of Expressive Arts and Design- Exploring Media and Materials and Being Imaginative. By the end of the Reception Year the children are expected to ‘safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function’ (Early Learning Goal) in order to ‘represent their own ideas, thoughts and feelings through art.’ Opportunities to be creative are provided through both planned play activities, where sufficient time is allowed for children to explore and develop ideas, and adult focus sessions.

In Key Stage One and Two, whilst skills and techniques are taught specifically, ‘art and design’ is integrated into our thematic curriculum units. The children learn to draw, paint and design and create aesthetically pleasing objects in two and three dimensions. The children have the opportunity to experience the key elements of art, including colour, shape, texture, pattern and line. They are encouraged to develop individuality and to be able to evaluate their own work and that of other artists. They learn about the achievements of great artists and designers.

Regular art ‘events’ such as ‘The Big Draw’, and both our Children’s Art Gallery and an Artists’ Gallery provides a focus for the subject. We aim to create a stimulating learning environment in school through display of our artwork which can be enjoyed and appreciated by all.