Primary Art

It is important for students to develop at an early age a thorough understanding of line, colour, shape, texture, form and develop some strategies for planning and problem-solving involved in the making of artworks.

Specialist Art Teaching at Primary

During the Primary years, Art appears on the timetable as a double period of 80 minutes. The children first encounter Art as a separate subject discipline, in Year 2 (6 years of age)

During Years 2-4, Art is in a group of 3 subjects which rotate every 13 weeks :

Year 2
Term 1, Term 2, Term 3 : Drama, Art , Design Technology

Year 3
Term 1, Term 2, Term 3: Art, Design Technology, Drama

Year 4
Term 1, Term 2, Term 3: Design Technology, Drama , Art

In Years 5 and 6, childrens exposure to the subject is further increased by making just one rotation , for a larger group of subjects:

Year 5
First half of the school year : Drama, Art
Second half of the school year: Music, Design Technology

Year 6
First half of the school year: Music, Design Technology
Second half of the school year: Drama, Art

As students enter the Secondary School in Year 7, they will then have Art as a full course subject for 80 minutes per week, throughout the year.

What are the goals of the Art programme in Primary?

In Years 2 -6 the Art work done in Primary is intended to support the units of inquiry taught in the Primary Years Programme (PYP).

The Art department has recently started a programme to help students in this age group to acquire and display some control with a diverse range of 2D and 3D media and gain confidence in their ability to participate in the making of original art.

It is important for students to develop at an early age a thorough understanding of line, colour, shape, texture, form and develop some strategies for planning and problem-solving involved in the making of artworks. Over the course of this programme students will explore a variety of media that will generally be linked to the specific topics covered.

Some examples of tasks completed during this time are:

  • Cartooning Workshop
  • Colour theory
  • Observational study: Feet/Hands
  • Family Portrait using the Conventions of Egyptian Drawing
  • Plaster tiles fresco
  • Acetate Monoprint
  • Wire Sculpture
  • Aboriginal Hand Drawing
  • Photograms

Various periods from the history of art are introduced including pre-historic, Greek, Roman, Egyptian, Renaissance, modernism and post-modernism.

The Art department has recently started a programme to help students in this age group to acquire and display some control with a diverse range of 2D and 3D media and gain confidence in their ability to participate in the making of original art.