“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.”
- National Curriculum Art & Design Purpose of Study, 2014
At Thriplow, Art & Design are valued as part of our children’s entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum, and is integrated into our cross-curricular approach to learning. We value Art & Design as having a key role in developing curiosity, creativity, and self-expression, as well as resilience, confidence, and critical-thinking.
At Thriplow, our children...
create a range of products and artworks
develop key artistic skills
explore a wide range of media, materials, and techniques
discover a range of local, national, and international artists from across history
celebrate their Art & Design through the creation of displays throughout the school
reflect upon and evaluate their art
Artists at Thriplow
The work of local, national, and international artists are explored to enhance the children’s learning.
Some artists are explored by children as they arise in each topic focus, as part of cross-curricular learning. As well as this, each class has a focus artist for the year, and as a school we explore local artists.
Topic Based Artists
The Victorians - William Morris
Britain - William Turner
The Thriplow Artists
Each class has a focus ‘Artist of the Year’, progressing chronologically through the year groups, beginning in Reception with da Vinci, and ending with Picasso in Year 6. This chronological exploration of these focus artists allows the children to develop their understanding of how artistic movements grew and changed through time. The artist’s self portrait is displayed in each classroom, alongside the class’ ‘Composer of the Year’ (see Music curriculum page for more information).
Our Class Artists and Eras:
Ants Class - da Vinci: Renaissance, 1452-1519
Butterflies Class - Rembrandt: Dutch Master, 1606-1669
Caterpillars Class - Millais: Pre-Raphaelite, 1829-1896
Grasshoppers Class - Monet: Impressionist, 1840-1926
Mayflies Class - van Gogh: Post-Impressionism, 1853-1890
Dragonflies Class - Picasso: Cubist, 1881-1973
An example of a local artist we recently explored was during a school-wide cross-curricular project about the poetry and artwork of local Cambridgeshire artist, Robert Macfarlane, through his book “The Lost Words”. Each class created a collaborative piece of 3D art, which was then displayed in the school library.