"The artist is not a special kind of person;
rather each person is a special kind of artist"
At Heartwood, art is an important part of the curriculum. Children have the opportunity to explore their ideas and record their experiences, as well as exploring the work of others and evaluate different creative ideas. Children will become confident and proficient in a variety of techniques including drawing, painting, sculpting, as well as other selected craft skills, e.g. collage, printing. Children will develop their knowledge of local and famous artists, designers and craft makers. Children will also develop their interest and curiosity about art and design through a series of lessons offering skills progression, knowledge progression and offering children the opportunity to ask questions and demonstrate their skills in a variety of ways. Children will develop their emotional expression through art to further enhance their personal, social and emotional development.
We teach visual art with key substantive concepts that children use throughout their learning in each unit and year group to make connections and links with their prior learning and prepare them for what they are learning next. They evaluate and reflect on their previous work to plan.
These concepts are:
Each child in years 2-4 has their own sketchbook which essentially evidences their progressive journey through a project. Children use the sketchbook to explore ideas, collect information and inspiration, learn and practise new skills and art techniques and reflect on and critique their work.
Art and Design is led by our very talented art teacher and leader, Jen Robbins. Her passion for art and the philosophy that everyone is an artist radiates through our art curriculum.
Making a Difference
We create art to share with the community and beyond. Art communicates messages and brings the community together for pleasure and enjoyment. This was evident in the galleries that we have participated in and held.
Teaching the children about different artists and mediums broadens their cultural capital and gives them a window into the world of artists, bringing along empathy, admiration, respect and tolerance.
We share and gift our artwork with the community.
Arts Mark Award
Heartwood is delighted to be working towards the Arts Mark award to enrich the Art experiences for our children and build strong links with the wider community through the Arts.
Cultural education gives children and young people the opportunity to develop their creativity, both individually and collectively, and that is why our goal for every is for child and young person to experience the richness of the arts.
Chief Executive - Arts Council England
It is vital that children have the opportunity to learn and enjoy arts and culture from an early age. It develops their creativity, inspires future careers and enriches their childhood.
Michael Ellis MP
Minister for Arts, Heritage and Tourism
Department of Arts, Media and Sport
We have a brand new Art and Design studio which is well equipped with art materials and a kitchen. We have an art teacher who delivers art sessions to the children in there.
Designed and created by Otters Class (year 3). The children based these on African fabrics they explored by tie dying the fabric and then printing the animal shape onto the bag, don't they look effective?!
Year 2 - 'Golden Tears'
Year 2 have were the first visitors to The Studio. We have been learning about the work of Gustav Klimt. A French artist called Anne-Marie Zilberman was inspired by his amazing work and created a painting called 'Golden Tears', also known as 'Freya's Tears'. She used gold leaf to embellish the art.
We used 'Golden Tears' to influence our own artwork and recreated the beautiful painting. We used watercolour paints along with collage in gold tones, which we then embellished with gold leaf and glitter!
Otter Class have created these wonderful colour-themed collage portraits, exploring different materials to create features and add embellishments!
Owls Class embarked on a project based on the work of Australian artist Jessica Watts and her range of beautiful birds named 'Pretty Boys'. They designed their own Pretty Boy in their sketchbook, deciding on the colour they would use to mix different shades of for the feathers. We looked carefully at the marks and positioning of the features on the birds and used a combination of skills to create our art; drawing, painting and collage.
Go Go T-Rex
We are excited to be taking part of the Go Go T-Rex trail for 2022! The children will take part in designing the T-Rexs, adding the mediums to them and then we will go hunting to find them in Norwich!
During our Dinosaur enrichment week, Moles Class explored tile printing. First they drew their dinosaur design on the tile and painted the background for their print. In the next session we rolled ink onto the tile design and used a clean roller to apply pressure on the back so it printed onto the background!
Norfolk Open Art Studios 2021
We are delighted to have taken part in the Norfolk Open Studios 2021. On Saturday 25th and Monday 27th September we hosted our gallery to our local community. We welcomed many families, school governors and local residents into the school to view the wonderful artwork. Our children were involved in the creating, setting up and hosting of the event.
"The art showcased so many different techniques and approaches, by all ages and was so enjoyable to view. Also the works were so beautifully displayed."
"Such fabulous work, a brilliant display of what young children can achieve with a loving caring staff. Congratulations to all!"
"What a lovely art studio! The children are very lucky to have all these facilities to produce such high standard art"
"Lovely thoughtful artwork. The children have done a fantastic job as well as the school for giving them the opportunity"
Swaffham Visual Arts Festival
In partnership with the Swaffham Rotary club, we showcased our artwork at the Swaffham Visual arts festival at the Assembly rooms in Swaffham.
Our artwork was on display from 29th- 31st October 2021.
Giving children opportunities to be imaginative, explore different materials and develop their ideas is an important part of the Early Years Foundation Stage, mainly within the 'expressive art and design' area of learning. Children are encouraged to practise their handling, moving and control skills (for example, by painting or using clay). Materials should be accessible for children to develop and explore their ideas and to be imaginative.
3 & 4-year-olds will be learning to:
Children in Reception will be learning to:
Expressive Art and Design
Creating with Materials
Understanding the World
The Natural World
The content of art and design teaching and learning is set out in the 2014 National Curriculum for primary schools in England. Pupils should be given opportunities to use a range of materials creatively to design and make products through drawing, painting and sculpture. They explore different techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space.
Another important aspect of the art and design curriculum is learning about the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers, describing the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, and making links to their own work.
The content of the art and design curriculum in Key Stage 2 builds on what children have learned in Key Stage 1. Children should develop and improve their skills in drawing, painting and sculpture using a range of different materials. They are expected to create sketch books to record their learning and to use them to review and revisit ideas. They continue to learn about great artists, architects and designers in history.
The Nicholas Hamond Academy
Our curriculum is designed to prepare the children for the next stages in their education in each subject. Our curriculum map plans to support the declarative and procedural knowledge needed for the children to access and thrive in Art in KS3.
Mouse Class art...
Reception art collaboration!
Look at this beautiful piece of collaborative art, created by Rabbit Class. Children worked together to use different techniques and media. The canvas has been proudly placed on the wall in the classroom!