Visual Arts Plan - Scoil Naomh Áine, Rathgarogue

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Visual Arts Plan

Subject Plans
Visual Arts Plan

Introductory Statement and Rationale
(a) Introductory Statement
This Visual Arts Policy was drawn up in collaboration with all the teachers of Scoil Naomh Áine.  The Plan is based on the Primary School Curriculum and mindful of information and support received from the Arts Council of Wexford. Full account was taken of the skills available amongst the staff, the requirements of the curriculum and any other factors which may impact positively on it – {e.g. the availability of the Halla Mór and P.E. Halla.}
(b) Rationale
·         This policy was created by the teaching staff of Scoil Naomh Áine. It conforms to the principles outlined in 1999 Primary School Curriculum and also helped us to review our practices in the light of these principles. As a whole school plan it will guide and organise the teaching and learning of this subject area and will serve as the basis for all long and short term plans in Visual Arts. It will also inform new or temporary teachers of the approaches and methodologies used in our school.
Vision and Aims
(a) Vision
  • We the staff of Scoil Naomh Áine     see Visual Arts as a process not product driven activity. We endeavour to     facilitate children’s individual innate creativity when making Visual Art.   
·         We are committed to fostering the strand and strand units of the Visual Arts curriculum appropriate to the needs and age level of the pupils.
·         We envisage that when the children’s differing abilities, intrinsic talents and varying styles are considered, Visual Arts can facilitate learning in many areas of the curriculum.
(b) Aims
We endorse the aims of the Primary School Curriculum for visual arts
  • To help the child develop     sensitivity to the visual, spatial and tactile world, and to provide for     aesthetic experience
  • To help the child express ideas,     feelings and experiences in visual and tactile forms
  • To enable the child to have     enjoyable and purposeful experiences of different art media and to have     opportunities to explore, experiment, imagine, design and communicate with     different art materials
  • To promote the child’s     understanding of and personal response to creative processes involved in     making two and three-dimensional art
  • To enable the child to develop the     skills and techniques necessary for expression, inventiveness and     individuality
  • To enable the child to experience     the excitement and fulfilment of creativity and the achievement of     potential through art activities
  • To foster sensitivity towards, and     enjoyment and appreciation of the visual arts
  • To provide opportunities for the     child to explore how the work of artists and craftspeople might relate to     his/her own work.
Curriculum Planning
1. Strands and Strand Units
All planning will have as its base the Strands, Strand Units and Content Objectives of the curriculum.
Through engaging in the strands and strand units the child should be enabled to develop a sense of the following Art Concepts: line, shape, form, tone, colour, texture, spatial organisation, pattern and rhythm
Strands and Strand Units
Strand                                            Strand Unit
  1. Drawing                                      Making  drawings
                                                      Looking and  Responding
  1. Paint and Colour                          Painting                                                                                                                                                                   Looking and  Responding
  1. Print                                           Making Prints
                                                      Looking and  Responding
4.  Clay                                            Developing  form in clay
                                                      Looking and  Responding
  1. Construction                                Making  constructions
                                                      Looking and  Responding
  1. Fabric and Fibre                          Creating in  fabric and fibre
                                                      Looking and  Responding

Each strand’s activities are interrelated and involve perceiving and exploring the visual world and making art and looking and responding to the visual world and works of Art.
All strands involve:
  • Working     from experience and imagination
  • Focusing     on materials and tools
  • Working     from observation and curiosity
1              Drawing            (P.56-71 Visual Art Teacher Guidelines)
§  tool of communication, pre-language
§  easy to assess, shows progression
§  shows awareness
2.            Paint and Colour             (P.72-83 Visual Art Teacher Guidelines)
§  Colour corner
§  Exploring colour through fluidity of paint
§  Colour mixing/theory
3              Print                (P.84-92 Visual Art Teacher Guidelines)
§  creation, organisation and balance of shape, line, space, texture and rhythm
§  immediacy
4.            Clay         (P.93-103 Visual Art Teacher Guidelines)
§  plasticity, pliancy
§  use of techniques
§  need for experimentation rather than end result
§  use of Papier maché
5              Construction       (P.104-109 Visual Art Teacher Guidelines)
§  element of play
§  use of junk materials
§  solution to a given project
6              Fabric and Fibre   (P.110-120 Visual Art Teacher Guidelines)
§  changing a fabric surface
§  creating new fabric
§  constructing with fabric and fibre
Looking and Responding    (P.121-127 Visual Art Teacher Guidelines)
§  ample opportunity
§  openness
§  discussion of qualities rather than judgement
§  discussing process rather than finished product
Complementary media
The strands outlined above may be complemented by work in other media, such as photography, film and video or computer graphics, but a balance should be maintained between activities in two and three - dimensional media.
Approaches and Methodologies
The appropriate teaching method for Visual Arts is considered to be through ‘guided discovery’. This method allows the child to explore the expressive potential of various media and to experiment with them. It also allows the child to cultivate their own artistic interpretation of the world and to observe the visual environment. In addition children are encouraged to appraise artists’ works. In approaching the teaching of visual arts teachers must be aware that children’s stages of development can vary and must gauge their ability and challenge them accordingly.
The following approaches may be used:
· Emphasis on process rather than product and on practice and progression.
· Exposure to work from different eras, cultures and traditions.
· Exposure to a wide range of materials and techniques.
· Development of previously learned skills.
Children with Special Educational Needs
In keeping with the ethos of our school, each individual is helped to develop to his/her potential. This will be achieved by teachers varying the level and pace to suit individual needs and to ensure learning and success for every child. The work assigned to the children will be carried out at an appropriate pace within a specific time range.
Linkage and Integration
Teachers must plan for opportunities for linkage and integration of Visual Arts activities. The school encourages integration as appropriate. Teachers are encouraged to integrate Visual Arts with other subjects in a way that compliments curriculum aims and objectives in the subjects. Integration is encouraged, where is natural and where children’s learning can be maximised. A thematic approach may be taken for linking strands as visual arts lends itself very well to other curricular subjects.
Some examples could include:
· History: Aztecs, Vikings, Ancient Egypt.
· Gaeilge: seanfhoclacha, rainn, eadaí, daoine.
· English: stories, poetry, advertisements.
· Music: responding to music, constructing musical instruments.
· Geography: map drawing, sketching of local area.
· Science: diagrams, plant and animal life.
· Maths: data, 2/3 D shapes, symmetry, area.
· Religion: reflecting on Alive O.
· Drama: designing and making costumes, set design.
· P.E.: orienteering. Linkage is inherent to the Visual Arts process.
All activities in Visual Arts will include:
· exploring and making
· reflecting
· co-operating and communicating.
Assessment and Record keeping
The school recognises the importance of assessment and record keeping in the delivery of the Visual Arts curriculum. Much assessment will focus on the children’s learning and how best to inform subsequent planning and teaching. Assessment should be concerned with:
· The child’s ability to make art.
· The child’s ability to look and respond to art work.
· The quality of the child’s engagement with art.
        • Teacher observation will be     central to all assessments in Visual Arts
        • Basic teacher designed tasks
        • Projects
        • Samples of children’s work
        • Self Assessment
        • Progress will be recorded and     communicated in end of year reports, pupil portfolios and at     parent/teacher meetings.
Children’s work is displayed in each classroom and regularly updated so that the pupils experience an inspiring, colourful and constantly changing environment. The school corridors, the entrance hall and notice boards are used to display art work completed by the children.
§  Each class has access to display areas in their classroom and on a notice board outside their classroom.  Each child should have work displayed regularly.
§  Discussion of Art displays should be viewed as part of the Visual Arts’ programme.
§  Children’s Art work should be displayed for the greater community when opportunity allows.
§  Displays should always be up to date - within reason.
§  Pictures on display could sometimes have explanatory notes with them to explain the reasoning / theme behind them.  
§  An Art Exhibition will be held in the school where appropriate.
§  Care will be taken to display the children’s work in manner that shows the children’s work is valued.  
§  The school website and newsletter will frequently feature pupil art work.
Equality of Participation and Access:
Equal opportunities will be given to all children regardless of gender, ethnic background and socio- economic status across all strands and activities.
Organisational Planning
Infant classes will have a minimum of 50 minutes of Art per week and the Aistear framework (learning through play) facilitates many of the elements of art, while 1st to 6th classes will have a minimum of one hour per week of Art. This time allocation may be broken down at the discretion of the teacher. Teachers may also choose to block times for art at particular times of the year. Timetables will record the time allocation for art.
Teachers have access to an Interactive whiteboard where they can access a wide range of resources online. Resources may include Visual Arts books and suggested stimuli (music, poetry, stories, and visual images). Computers may be utilised for art classes and projects.
Individual teachers purchase art resources as required with allocated classroom expenses. A selection of art books and packs are available in the school.
Class Equipment should include:
§  Paint trays
§  Paint
§  Crayons and pencils
§  Paintbrushes
§  A scissors including appropriate scissors for left-handed children.
§  Drawing paper and card
Teachers may ask for particular items of art and craft equipment to be purchased by the school. The school will endeavour to purchase such items as finances allow.
Equipment Available in the School
Drying Racks
Books of fabric and textured papers
Oilcloths for covering tables
Clay mats
ICT Equipment Available in the School
·         Ipods class sets, ipad in the resource room
·         Laptops and class computers
·         CD Burner
·         Digital Video Camera
·         Digital Camera
·         Colour Laser Printer
·         Scanner
·         Computer Broadband Network
·         2 flip cameras
·         Apple Mac
Health and Safety
Teachers will at all times be mindful of the school’s Health and Safety Policy. Children will be encouraged to safeguard their own well being by following classroom and out of class rules. Care and attention will be given to the following:
·         Hidden dangers if children are moving around the classroom.
·         Storage facilities.
·         Ventilation of the classrooms.
·         Use of art equipment e.g. scissors.
·         Particular care will be needed if children are setting up the art space.
·         Water spillages  
Individual Teachers’ Planning and Reporting
Long Term planning by teachers’ covers all strands and strand units. Each teacher plans on a fortnightly basis for art where further detail of content will be outlined. Each teacher completes a Cuntas Míosuil using the standard school format.
Staff Development
Staff needs will be assessed regularly and relevant organisations, local community groups and the Co. Wexford Education Centre will be accessed to provide ongoing training as the need arises. Details of courses relevant to Art will be displayed on the staff room notice board and staff will be encouraged to attend.
Parental Involvement
Assessment results are made available to parents at parent/teacher meetings and through Christmas and summer reports. In conjunction with school policy, teachers are available by appointment to discuss any art related concerns with parents. Parents may be invited to art exhibitions and to view Art work while attending functions in school.
Community Links
The local community, including artists, arts centres, education officers, theatre, local businesses and national support structures will all be considered as valuable resources in supporting teaching of the Visual Arts curriculum.
Examples of community links:
·         Workshops by visiting groups e.g. artists.
·         Art exhibitions.
·         Poster/Art competitions.
·         Displays for religious ceremonies.
·         School website
·         School newsletter
Success Criteria
The success of this school plan will be assessed based on the following criteria:
·         Teacher’s preparation has been based on this plan.
·         procedures outlined in this plan have been consistently followed.
The success of this plan in achieving the aims will be assessed by:
·         teacher’s feedback.
·         children’s feedback.
·         Inspector’s suggestions and reports.
·         Board of management feedback.
·         parental feedback.
(a) Roles and Responsibilities
This plan will be implemented by all teachers in Scoil Naomh Áine
(b) Timeframe
The plan will be implemented in the academic year 2020/2021.
(a) Roles and Responsibilities
This plan will be reviewed following ongoing consultation with all staff.
(b) Timeframe
This plan will be implemented from September 2020 and will be reviewed and updated by staff as needs arise. A formal review will take place in the 2024/2025 academic year.
Ratified by the Board of Management
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