Art at Lime Tree continues the project based approach that many of our other subjects follow. Each project, also known as artistic study consists of eight individual steps:
Providing the children with a stimulus e.g. a William Morris print is a good starting point for the deep study. This should be discussed in detail and used as inspiration for gather/research and initial ideas.
Children are to gather and research images, fabric etc. to present in their own way, like a mood board. An artistic study should also be carried out at this stage looking closely at the artist’s background, life and work.
- Skills development (Media)
Taken from the checklist of art skills key stage 1/2 and skills required for intended study outcome. Skills development will allow the children to become familiar with the mediums they are going to be using to create their final piece. Experiment and exploration is necessary and very essential.
- Skills development (DLT)
Following the relevant year groups DLT book. The aim of this session is to allow children to use their drawing skills in a drawing context. It is essential that teachers demonstrate or model the basic technique. This skills-based approach helps children to know how to create certain effects. If they have increased control and understanding of different media use they will be able to experiment with more confidence and be empowered to express themselves.
Lines – Children exploration of different lines in different media will enable them to use a range of lines in their own work. These activities will open their eyes to a huge variety of lines that they can use and suggests direction, divides space and has length, width, tone and texture. Line can enclose or define shape, and can suggest contour.
Tone – Children can use tone to create illusion of form and solidity, to create mood or to direct the viewer’s attention. Tone creates interest and drama and is an essential tool for drawing. It will help children understand that colours have tone and shading techniques. Some of the most subtle tonal effects are made by blending or smudging.
Pattern – Pattern is a repeat of lines, shapes or colours. Pattern falls roughly into three groups: regular, irregular and unintentional pattern. Inspiration for pattern can come from anything, like the spots of a leopard. The simplest pattern can consist of a single shape, line or colour, repeated in a regular way. An un-intentional pattern that consists of families of shapes. Collecting, analysing and creating patterns leads very naturally to print-making which is an essential experience for children to take part in.
- Initial studies
Children to carry out initial studies and ideas in preparation for their final piece. All ideas should be recorded in either a sketchpad or/and portfolio.
- Final piece
The final piece of work should bring together all skills development sessions and initial ideas. Children should also come up with a title for their piece of work and a statement.
Children are to communicate their ideas to another class or their own. Ensure children explain the process they have been through fully and explain the relevant skills they have used.
- Learning evaluation
Based on the communication feedback and reflection children should evaluate their work in detail.