Art gives children at Leigh Central the opportunity to be creative and develop their skills using a range of media and materials. Children learn skills of drawing, painting, printing, collage, textiles, 3D work and digital art, as well as exploring and evaluating ideas. These skills are applied to their cross-curricular topics, allowing children to use their art skills to reflect on and explore topics in greater depth; for example, by sketching historical artefacts in detail, or researching geographical locations to support their work on landscape painting. Many areas of art link with mathematical ideas of shape and space, for example when printing repeating patterns and designs, and thinking about three-dimensional shapes to support structures.
Children study the lives and works of a range of famous artists, reading and writing biographies of the great artists and comparing works of art; for example Year 5 look at the French artist, Rousseau’s paintings of animals in their natural habitat. They will examine the different skin and fur patterns and the depiction of jungle vegetation during their investigations of animal adaptation and habitation.
In art, children are expected to be reflective and evaluate their work, thinking about how they can make changes and keep improving. Children are encouraged to take risks and experiment, and then reflect on why some ideas and techniques are successful or not for a particular project.
Alongside we also offer opportunities for children to develop their creative skills within our after school Art Clubs which are run by members of staff who have a keen interest in art.