Our Art and Design Leader is Miss Kaur
Why is Art and Design important at Northfield?
At Northfield Primary School, we value Art and Design as an important
part of the children’s entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum.
Art and Design provides the children with the opportunities to develop
and extend skills and an opportunity to express their individual interests,
thought and ideas.
“We don't make mistakes, just happy little accidents.”
― Bob Ross
“Creativity takes courage. ”
― Henri Matisse
What does Art and Design look like at Northfield?
At Northfield Primary School, we value Art and Design as an important entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum. Art and design provides the children with the opportunities to develop and extend skills and an opportunity to express their own interests, thoughts and ideas. From Year 1 onwards, we have termly units in which the children are introduced to the work of a particular artist, study a specific painting or other work and identify techniques which have proved successful. Each child will have their own sketchbook to design, practise and develop their skills and artworks. This will evidence a progression of techniques throughout the school years. The final objective is never to attempt to produce an exact copy of the work we are looking at but we do practise details and effects from the original which the children can then begin to use in their own creative work. In this way, they can experiment with and improve their mastery of a wide range of media until they are themselves confident and independent artists while at the same time, learning about art history and making rich and powerful links to other areas of the curriculum.
At Northfield Primary School, we hope to foster and continually grow a love of Art and Design as the children progress through our school, giving all of our children the opportunities and skills needed to develop their understanding and techniques.
Art and Design Ambassadors 2021-2022
It is the responsibility of the art and design ambassadors to actively promote art at Northfield.
Lead Art Ambassador Art Ambassador Art Ambassador
Year 5 Year 5 Year 5
Art Ambassador Art Ambassador Art Ambassador
Year 4 Year 4 Year 4
Art Ambassador Art Ambassador
Year 2 Year 1
What do the children at Northfield say about Art?
''I love to use paint, especially when we can mix secondary colours.'' Year 1
''You must look at the picture to make sure you see the right shapes and patterns'' Year 1
''We get to learn lots about artists and why they are famous.'' Year 2
''I can use one pencil to draw lines that are thick and thin.'' Year 2
''I get to use my sketchbook to practise all of my skills .'' Year 2
''We are given lots of time to practise our skills'' Year 3
''I enjoy experimenting with paint the most, I can create all the colours that I want for my paintings.'' Year 3
''I have learnt how to shade darker and lighter using different pencils to show all the different tones in my art work.'' Year 3
'' 6B is a great pencil for adding darker tones.'' Year 4
'' I like how I can make mistakes and try again when I am drawing.'' Year 4
''Andy Warhol is my favourite artist and I loved learning about pop art.'' Year 4
''The art work that is displayed around school is inspiring and makes me want to improve my art skills.'' Year 4
''I like using a view finder to really concerntrate and observe one part of a drawing.'' Year 5
''I love how we can choose our own materials to draw with.'' Year 5
''2B is my favourite pencil to sketch with because it creates good lines and can be smudged easily.'' Year 5
''Our lessons are really fun, we get to research other artists and use their ideas but still be creative and think of our own ideas.'' Year 6
''My favourite pencil technique is cross-hatching. The more lines that cross over eachother, the darker it becomes.'' Year 6
Sketchbooks at Northfield
One of the main elements of our art provision is the way we use sketchbooks. They are at the heart of our art curriculum and allow our children to develop their ability to be individual and creative artists.
Although our Early Years children have the opportunity to create in a variety of ways, our sketchbook journey begins in Year 1.
In art there are no “wrong answers”.
It is about the process, not the end product.