Burpham Foundation Primary School

Burpham Lane, Guildford, Surrey, GU4 7LZ


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Art at Burpham 

At Burpham Primary School we aim to encourage and enable a high quality exploration of the visual arts. Our activities and projects help build skills, knowledge and experience, and help nurture independent, creative learners right from the Early Years. We place great value on the journey, knowing that the outcome will follow. We also work hard to create an atmosphere of aspiration which encourages all our children to enjoy exciting and relevant activities and projects which motivate and engage. Children are also offered the opportunity to further enjoy and explore their skills in our 'Drawing Drop-in' lunchtime clubs where our children work alongside others from a range of year groups. 

Why Should the subject of Art and Design be Taught?

It offers children opportunities to develop a range of skills, techniques and practices. Some of these techniques date back centuries and link to topics taught in the wider curriculum and some are more contemporary. 

Through developing as creative individuals, children can develop skills that make them 'visually literate' enabling them to explore, interpret and respond to the world around them. 

Art and design 'offers potential for individual expression that satisfies a human need to communicate; this can provide deep satisfaction and promote mental balance and well being.' Herne (in Cox and Watts, 2007:6)

'Being introduced to art and culture with a global perspective develops cultural awareness, sensitivity and appreciation of diversity' Herne (in Cox and Watts, 2007:6)

DfE Purpose of study

Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. A high-quality art and design education should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.

DfE Key Stage 1

Pupils should be taught:

  • to use a range of materials creatively to design and make products
  • to use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination
  • to develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space
  • about the work of a range of artists, craft makers, architects and designers, describing the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, and making links to their own work.

DfE Key Stage 2

Pupils should be taught to develop their techniques including their control and their use of materials, with creativity, experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design.

Pupils should be taught:

  • to create sketchbooks to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas
  • to improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing and painting and sculpture with a range of materials
  • about great artists, architects and designers in history.





Supporting Your Child with Art 

Tips to develop your child's love of art at home

  1. Create a workspace - select a spot in your home to make art; tables can be covered and protected to allow your child to have a workspace. ...  
  2. Gather materials - save everything from recycling materials for junk modelling, wrapping paper, ribbons, newspaper and magazines to found natural materials from the garden or from a walk   
  3. Talk about artwork - share your thoughts and opinions on what you see around you and encourage your child to do the same. Discuss what you like about the illustrations in books that you read together. The more you look the more you see! 

    What do you see? Take a moment, look again. What do you see now? Has it changed? Why?

  4.  Describe the: Textures you see in the art work. What colours you see in the artwork.  Which area of the artwork stands out to you the most? Why?  What does the artwork make you think of?  What emotion / mood does it make you feel? Close your eyes and describe the artwork from memory. What do you remember?  What adjectives would you use to describe this artwork? If this artwork had sound effects what would they be and why? How was this piece of art created? If this artwork was a piece of music or a   song, what would it be? Why?  What title would you give this artwork?

  5.  Display your child's work - celebrate their creations 

  6. Explore museums and galleries - below is a list of local galleries to visit                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The Watts Gallery - Down Lane, Compton, Guildford GU3 1DQ https://www.wattsgallery.org.uk/home/                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Guildford House Gallery - 155 Highstreet, Guildford GU1 3AJ https://www.guildford.gov.uk/guildfordhouse                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The Lightbox - Chobham Road, Woking, GU21 4AA https://www.thelightbox.org.uk/pages/category/exhibitions  

         The Sunbury Gallery, The Walled Garden, Thames Street, Sunbury-on-Thames, TW16 6AB https://www.sunburygallery.org/


www.tate.org.uk/art - Tate Kids, play, make, explore and share art 

www.scapcoloring.com  - digital patterns and colouring activities 

www.bomomo.com - The website has a range of interesting tools to create abstract compositions 

www.aminahsworld.org   - Create your own art works combining traditional art materials with found objects 

www.toytheater.com - Fun animation stations 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zn3rkqt – BBC Bitesize Art and Design

https://artuk.org/ – Art UK

https://www.nga.gov/education/kids.html – National Gallery of Art – kids zone!

http://www.getty.edu/gettygames/ Getty games