Subject Leader: Mrs Morris

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Our Art curriculum intent:

‘Art has the role in education of helping children become like themselves instead of more like everyone else.’

— Sydney Gurewitz Clemens


Art is a vital part of children’s education and has a significant and valuable role in the taught curriculum at Pennoweth. Our curriculum, taken from Cornerstones, develops children’s critical abilities and understanding of their own and others’ cultural heritages through studying a diverse range of artists.


Through effective teaching and considered sequences of lessons and experiences, children develop their understanding of the visual language of art. Great importance is placed on developing children’s understanding of the visual elements of art and design, including line, tone, texture, colour, pattern, shape and 3D form. The processes used to emulate elements of an artist’s work, or to create specific effects, are documented throughout.


Art at Pennoweth is taught in blocks across a two-year cycle in order that children achieve depth in their learning. Key knowledge, skills and associated vocabulary have been identified and these have been mapped across the school to ensure progression. At the start of each unit, teachers establish the starting point for each child and ensure that all lessons taught are relevant and developmental, and consideration is given to how greater depth will be reached within each lesson, as well as how learners will be supported in line with the school’s commitment to inclusion.

At the beginning of every year, each class collaborates to create a piece of art work based on a famous artist and linked strongly to developing communication skills and relationships within the classroom.


Where possible and appropriate, cross curricular outcomes in Art are specifically planned for, with strong links between the subject and English and Maths lessons identified, planned for and utilised. During the unit, the chosen class text also links to the aspects being taught. Links are made to Cornish art and artists where relevant to support teaching and learning across the subject.


What will my child experience through Art at Pennoweth?
At Pennoweth, Art is taught through a project-based approach. During their time with us, children will cover every aspect of the art National Curriculum. This learning will be taught through immersive projects, such as, 'Dinosaurs,' 'Paws, Claws, Whiskers,' 'Blue Abyss' and Gallery Rebels. During these projects, childrens' reading and writing learning will be purposefully linked with the art focus. This could be researching an artist, writing a newspaper article, or writing a story based on a famous painting.   
What Art skills and knowledge will my child learn at Pennoweth?
What sort of Art language will my child learn at Pennoweth?
What do Pennoweth's children think about Art?
On starting their new project, 'Gallery Rebels' this term, Zennor in Year 6 said, "I love Art at school – especially painting! Maths and English can be quite tricky but Art is something that I am really really good at. It gives me confidence and makes me feel free."

Ella in Year 6 said, "I like that I’m learning different styles of Art, the impressionist art has taught me that you don’t always have to have defined lines to produce a great picture. I also really like learning about the artists themselves – it’s so interesting!"


Eliza in Year 5 said, "Learning about Impressionism has been great; I liked learning how to blend bright colours and layer the paint – although it was tricky at first! Monet is my favourite artist so far." 


Dorian in Year 5 said, "It was really satisfying to see all the colours come together – blending on to the paper made a really cool effect."


While painting daffodils, Georgie in Reception asks, "Why do I keep looking at the flowers?" and learns about how we look closely at what we are painting and that it's called 'observation'.
Alesha says that painting makes her 'happy', and Noah recognises that he was a little bit "pickly" before he started painting, but now he isn't anymore.
Nylah in Reception says, "Art is great because you can paint nice pictures and draw things and make things and bring them home to show your mummy and daddy them and make your house look nice."
Joshua in Year 2 says, "Painting makes me feel calm and happy."
Gracie in Year 3 says, "I like art because I like painting, especially flowers. I also like drawing pictures of animals."
Maddie in Year 3 says, "I like mixing colours to get different shades, like I did on my Newlyn piece of Art."
Kai in Year 4 says, "I love art as I love drawing and being creative. I really liked it when we designed Christmas cards and mine was even chosen for the competition!"
What does Art look like at Pennoweth?
 Foundation Stage
Years 1 & 2
 Years 3 & 4
 Years 5 & 6
Useful Art websites and links
A really useful website with links to famous artists and games and fun quizzes.
The resources on this website are targeted at different ages from 4 to adult, for use at home and schools. Subject areas include, sculpture, colour, installation, art, drawing and photography.
This is the online home of every UK public art collection. The site is fully searchable and you can search by topic, such as 'Dreams.'
A fun website from the BBC. It has interactive games, facts about famous artists, things to make and do. You can send in your questions.
A very interesting site if you want to find out about Impressionist painters and their paintings.
You can experiment here with space and colour in accordance with the theories of Piet Mondrian.
Discover everything you would like to find out about the famous art gallery in Paris.
Discover everything about this famous London art gallery.
Offers dozens of cartoons to print and colour, and colouring books with pictures that you can colour online. Also includes graphic step-by-step instructions on how to draw cartoons, online games you can play, and crafts.