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Gilbert Inglefield

Art Curriculum 2021-2022

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

Gilbert Inglefield Academy has a fully equipped specialist art room where everyone is an artist. Pupils are taught a variety of techniques and skills in drawing, painting, printing, clay as well as a diverse selection of other two and three-dimensional methods. Through the study of other artists, crafts people and art movements (including art from other cultures) pupils explore many different ways of working and self-expression. Pupils are encouraged to think creatively to solve problems more independently thus encouraging them to develop into more confident and explorative artists. Sketchbooks are at the centre of the pupils’ learning as a personal space to test and consolidate these theories and ideas. From the start of Year 5 pupils are encouraged to take pride in their work and environment and all pupils are encouraged to work to the best of their abilities. 


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 and build on 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 work mainly though project-based learning.  As pupils work through the key stages they are encouraged to make connections building upon prior knowledge and skills forming the platform for their continued progress. 

Key Stage 2

Pupils have one hour of art each week.

Year 5: Work is made in sketchbooks and as well as individual pieces. Pupils will experience a wide variety of mediums including clay, mixed media, printmaking and explore different forms of drawing and recording. Where possible the themes link to the year 5 creative curriculum including the ancient Greeks, Spanish architect Antoni Gaudi, Islamic inspired tiles and Animals.

Year 6: Pupils continue their experiences from year 5 and study projects based on themes including Impressionist landscape, perspective and colour theory, narrative art and photography, the natural world and the local environment making links with the history curriculum. They work in a wide variety of media both two and three dimensionally using a range of different artists.

Key Stage 3

Pupils have one hour of art each week.

Year 7: Thematic approaches continue in year 7 and pupils look at various art including work based on food, street and doodle artists as well as having the opportunity to design and make clay shoes. Cross curricular links with geography enable the pupils to explore the work and concepts of the group of artists ‘The Boyle Family’.  Pupils work in a variety of materials including clay, papier mâché, textiles and paint.

Year 8: Pupils continue to work in their sketchbooks using them to record and collate research and work from observation where possible. Themes of identity, pollution and nostalgia are covered focusing on portraiture, sculpture and still life. Pupils are encouraged to work in a variety of mediums including clay, mixed media, oil pastels, water colours, recycled materials and collage. Drawing and recording skills are still a large focus of the art lessons as well as using relevant and inspiring artists to help support the pupils’ creative development.