Art Curriculum Intent
Art is a means to understanding our own development, the world around us and is a vehicle for our thoughts,
feelings and emotions. The art curriculum at Holy Trinity is designed to take children on an explorative
journey through skills, processes and self-evaluation whilst being exposed to some of the most influential
current and historical artists. Children are encouraged to communicate their individuality, their heritage and
their sense of community as they engage in the application of a variety of media. We hope to instil in our
children, the desire to engage with works of art and be able to draw on their influence to produce art works
which are unique to them.
The three foundation practices of drawing, painting and sculpture are taught in each year group for one hour
per week for each week of the half term and over three half-terms in a year. Teaching and learning follow
specific skills and objectives that are mapped out on the whole school overview for art. These skills and
objectives are taken from ‘The Essentials Curriculum’ by Chris Quigley and are an expansion of the National
Curriculum. Children encounter a full range of art experiences as they move through the school, evidencing
a progression of skills. The curriculum is bolstered by a full range of resources and materials that are
available to all children. To provide influence and inspiration amongst our young artists, Art Appreciation is
built into the beginning of each practise. Children are encouraged to provide critiques of art works,
expressing their opinions and understanding orally and written.
The progression through the art curriculum at Holy Trinity aims to equip children with:
• The ability to use visual language skillfully and convincingly (for example, line, shape, pattern, colour, texture, form) to express emotions,
interpret observations, convey insights and accentuate their individuality.
• The ability to communicate fluently in visual and tactile form.
• The ability to draw confidently and adventurously from observation, memory and imagination.
• The ability to explore and invent marks, develop and deconstruct ideas and communicate perceptively and powerfully through purposeful drawing in various media.
• A knowledge and understanding of other artists, craft makers and designers and to be able to communicate those that inspire them and why.
• The ability to think and act like creative practitioners by using their knowledge and understanding to inform, inspire and interpret ideas, observations and feelings.
• Independence, initiative and originality which they can use to develop their creativity.
• The ability to select and use materials, processes and techniques skillfully and inventively to realise intentions and capitalise on the unexpected.
• The ability to reflect on, analyse and critically evaluate their own work and that of others.
• A passion for and a commitment to the subject.