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At Westbourne, the children have the opportunity to try out a wide variety of methods and techniques in Art lessons. Through Art, the children have a chance to develop their creativity; they are also constantly developing their awareness of colour, shape, texture, pattern and focus. Art allows the children to communicate what they see, think and feel through their work. Art is a multi-sensory and multi-skilled area of learning; the children use all of their senses in order to respond to their work, the work of others, as well as to create their own unique and individual pieces.


Our topic-based curriculum also allows the children to create and imagine within an area that they are learning about and have a keen interest in. The children's completed work is highly valued, as you can see from the fabulous displays that are created around school, especially at Christmas!


Art topics covered in each year group


Early Years: Safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques; experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function. The children will use what they have learnt about media and materials in original ways thinking about uses and purposes.


Year 1: Portraits, art techniques, artists and sculptures.


Year 2: Investigating materials; art techniques; using a range of colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space. Different media - collage, pencil, drawing, nature and design.


Year 3: Collage, sculpture, investigating pattern, relationships, portraits and changes.


Year 4: Sketching, hot and cold desert - chalk; water colour - Monet; Roman art- printing.


Year 5: Clarice Cliff - war time art deco ceramics; People in motion - pencil; Romero Britto- pop art; Greek patterns- pots/vases; Papier Mache - Greek performance masks.


Year 6: Famous artists, painting, printing, drawing self-portraits, textiles - sewing, charcoal - Anglo- Saxons. Collage, water colour shells. Pirates, clay, collage, pastels and tie die.


Some useful websites to learn more about Art and practise your skills!