The Art curriculum at Wimbledon Chase is designed to encourage creativity and personal expression, to develop a range of artistic skills and to expose children to a variety of diverse artists. Art is a creative tool used to communicate and express ideas and responses to what we experience in the world around us. As children develop their personal styles, they will have the opportunity to explore drawing, painting, colour, sculpture, collage, patterns and print through a variety of techniques and processes. Our art curriculum is designed to give the children the skill sets and artistic experiences needed to fuel their imagination and allow them to flourish as artists.
How we teach Art at Wimbledon Chase
Children have their own individual sketch books which will travel through school with them as a record of their artist journey. To provide a broad and rich experience we also offer additional opportunities through a range of whole school projects, clubs and art trips such as The National Gallery. The school’s unique locality is also utilised, with planned opportunities for learning outside using the school’s extensive grounds, as well as the involvement of adults with specialist skills from Wimbledon Art Collage and local community.
Art lessons at Wimbledon Chase ensure children build on their previous experiences as they progress through the school. Cross curricular links excite the children and make the activities meaningful. The skills and knowledge are mapped across each year group with key vocabulary and examples of artists to inspire them. Within each topic children are encouraged to critically analyse existing works of art. We teach through a balance of both observational and experimental activities so that children can represent the world around them but also feel confident experimenting with techniques and ideas.
Many galleries are doing online tours and offering creative ideas.
The Royal Academy shows you how to make your own paintbrush, make a recycled sculpture and collage like Matisse.
The Tate shows you how to paint with chocolate or can take a tour of The Tate Britain with Jacqueline Wilson
The British Museum has virtual tours you can follow this link and if you want to look at the art click on Art and Design
The Met Museum also has fun sight for kids
Online Artist and illustrators tutorials
If your children like drawing there's lots of inspiration around at the moment, with illustrators offering free online tutorials to help them improve.
A popular one is #DrawWithRob, a website from author and illustrator Rob Biddulph, who's written books including Grrrrr! about a bear called Fred who loses his growl.
His videos, showing children how to create everything from a sausage dog to their very own Fred Bear, are easily accessible on his website, Children have been sharing their finished drawings with him online using the hashtag #DrawWithRob.http://www.robbiddulph.com/draw-with-rob
James Mayhew Author and Illustrator https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqq_Iz_q3pFTkkju-PpVOFA
BBC’s The Big Painting Challenge artist Pascal Anson is streaming tutorials on his own YouTube channel. Each half-an-hour class sees him teach everything from portraits and landscapes to still life and drawing hands and feet (notoriously the hardest part of the body to master on canvas)
As part of a collaborative 'Reimagine' Art project, the whole school created a mixed media exhibition for the whole school community to view during our open gallery day.