Art is an integral part of the curriculum at Eliot Bank. Every term has a new focus which is shared across the whole school from Early Years to Year 6, incorporating themes and skills such as using a famous artist for inspiration. The Arts Team ensures that all staff are led and trained in the techniques we use, so that the children make good progress in their own skills.
In the autumn term this year, our whole school focus has been sketching and painting, with a particular emphasis on landscapes and still life. In the spring term we will be focussing on 3D modelling (sculpture) and in the summer term we will be using the National Gallery–led ‘Take One Picture’ to guide and inspire our artwork. In October we have been inspired by Black History Month to produce artwork based on work by famous and influential black artists – with some fabulous results.
As part of our response to the new curriculum, all children have been using high quality sketchbooks to show their responses and to record the progression of their skills.
We are also fortunate to have a great relationship with the team at Dulwich Picture Gallery. Each year, many pupils get to work with an artists from the Gallery. Last year, Years 1, 2 and 3 were visited in their classrooms by an artist who led Printing workshops, resulting in some absolutely stunning pieces of work linked in with the year groups’ topics. With the current Covid situation these workshops have had to be put on hold but hopefully it will not be too long before we can have these wonderful sessions again. We are continuing to be guided by the government guidance on ensuring that protective measures are in place in class during our art classes.
At Eliot Bank, we like to celebrate all the children’s work and we continue to have many Art displays and exhibit work all around our school. We also continue to forge collaborations with local businesses to increase the opportunities to display the children’s fabulous artwork in the community.
Rose Grosvenor, Arts Team Leader