Art is a subject that enables all children to excel and express themselves in an almost limitless capacity. It embodies some of the highest forms of creativity. Tidemill’s art curriculum aims to engage, inspire and challenge all pupils equipping them with the skills and knowledge to experiment, invent and create their own works of art. As children move through the school, they are able to think critically and develop a deeper understanding of art. We also scaffold children’s knowledge of how art reflects and shapes our history, and contributes to the culture we live in today.
At Tidemill Academy, we believe that all children need the opportunity to experience as many rich and diverse opportunities as possible and our art provision does just this. We employ an artist in residence who has a specialism in puppetry but is also skilled in other forms of art including pottery, painting and art theory. Throughout lessons, children are encouraged to produce creative work and explore their ideas as well as recording them. Children become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art techniques while also learning how to evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art. Pupils learn about a wide range of great artists, and understand the historical and cultural developments of different art forms.
Tidemill is lucky to exist in an area that is rich in art with Goldsmiths, University of London, close by and the Deptford X festival taking place each year; therefore, the curriculum is strengthened by making the most of the creative community we are surrounded by. Tidemill is proactive about accessing the range of opportunities the local area offers and pupils regularly work with different artists and organisations, meaning many pupils have had their work exhibited publically. We offer a number of after school art clubs which are popular with pupils and give them a further opportunity to show their enthusiasm about the subject.
Art at Tidemill Academy follows the National Curriculum, linking to the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) where it is meaningful. In KS1, children are taught about different materials and develop skills accordingly. They learn about colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space and begin to develop their ideas and expression in art. In KS2, these techniques are progressively built upon and developed in terms of control, use of materials, exploration of creativity, experimentation and an increasing awareness of different types of art. From KS1, all pupils have an art skills journal which provides a valuable snapshot of each pupil’s journey in art at Tidemill.