Lostwithiel School Art Intent
Cornwall has a vibrant and thriving Art community and we aim to reflect this within our Art curriculum. By using overarching themes educators are able to introduce key skills, materials and ideas to the pupils in such a way that each pupil can then explore his or her own creativity. Basic skills are introduced and then built upon, including drawing, printmaking, painting and making. Skills are revisited and developed in sketchbooks which underpin this process.
By creating a safe and nurturing environment, pupils are encouraged to take creative risks and learn from their journey. Our art curriculum develops children’s critical abilities and understanding of their own and others’ cultural heritages through studying a diverse range of male and female artists. Children will develop their understanding of the visual language of art with effective teaching that considers the sequence of lessons and learning experiences. The skills and knowledge that children will develop throughout each art topic are mapped across each year group and throughout the school to ensure progression, enabling links to other curriculum areas, including history. A similar focus on skills means that children are given opportunities to express their creative imagination, as well as practise and develop mastery in the key processes of art: drawing, painting, printing, textiles and sculpture.
Classroom displays reflect the children’s sense of pride in their artwork and this is also demonstrated by creative outcomes across the wider curriculum. The school environment also celebrates children’s achievements in art and demonstrates the subject’s high status in the school, with outcomes, including sculptures, enhancing the outdoor as well as indoor environment.
The Art curriculum at Lostwithiel School contributes to children’s personal development in creativity, independence, judgement and self-reflection.