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Gilbert Inglefield

Art Curriculum 2022-2023

Head of Art & Design Technology: Ms. E. Hopkin
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 Why do we love learning Art?

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, designers, 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. 

How we learn in Art

Key Stage 2

Pupils have one hour of art each week.

Year 5 and 6 work is made in sketchbooks as well as individual pieces. Pupils will experience a wide variety of mediums including painting, clay, mixed media, printmaking and explore different forms of drawing and recording working both two and three dimensionally. Pupils are introduced to a wide variety of processes and enjoy the act of making and creating their own work when responding to other Artists, designers and crafts people. Teaching focuses on the four areas of Art and Design assessment – generating ideas, making skills, evaluation and knowledge.

Key Stage 3

Pupils have one hour of art each week.

Year 7 and 8: Explorative and guided approaches continue in KS3 building on prior experiential substantive knowledge. National Curriculum expectations are met through recording observations using a range of techniques and learning about different styles and movements. Teaching continues to focus on the four areas of Art and Design - generating ideas, making skills, evaluation and knowledge and this supports the four KS4 assessments strands for GCSE.