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Draw to explore, key stage 1

Key facts

  • Suitable for: Key Stage 1
  • Subjects: Art and design, English
  • Session type: Gallery led
  • Duration: 60 minutes
  • Class size (maximum): 30
  • Venue: Lady Lever Art Gallery

Summary

An interactive tour of the gallery introducing a range of artworks to the class. There is a discussion guided by the member of staff through skilful questioning and the pupils are encouraged to explore the artwork for themselves. During these discussions, the pupils learn more about the roles of artists and the purpose of art. As well as through discussion, the pupils engage with the artworks with a series of drawing tasks and creative responses.

Further details

Draw to explore is led by a member of staff from the education team. The session begins with a warm welcome to the Lady Lever Art Gallery. For pupils who have never visited an art gallery before there is discussion about what they expect to see during their visit and an opportunity for them to ask questions.

Following this brief introduction, we begin our interactive tour of the gallery. A range of artworks are introduced to the class, there is a discussion guided by the member of staff through skilled questioning and the pupils are encouraged to explore the artwork for themselves. During these discussions, the pupils learn more about the roles of artists and the purpose of art. They are encouraged to say what they see, feel and think about the paintings, sculptures and their surroundings. Their visual language and critical thinking skills are developed during these elements.  

As well as through discussion, the pupils interact with the artworks with a series of drawing tasks. These tasks begin as fun ‘warm up exercise’ encouraging the pupils to observe, experiment, and develop their drawing skills. As the session progresses the drawing tasks become more in-depth allowing pupils to expand their own creativity, make first-hand observational drawing and develop ideas. The drawing activities can include individual, pair and group task. Pupils are encouraged and supported with their drawing by the member of staff leading the session.

Draw to explore allows pupils to engage with the artworks by having a creative response to them. Their speaking and listening skills, confidence in drawing and critical thinking skills are developed. All work produced during the session can be taken back to school and added to sketch books. This session is a unique opportunity for pupils to develop art skills within a cultural setting and be inspired by fascinating collections in the Lady Lever Art Gallery.

Curriculum links

Art and Design

  • Pupils will use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination
  • Pupils will to develop art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space
  • Pupils will learn about the work of a range of artists, describing the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, and making links to their own work.

English Speaking and Listening

  • listen and respond appropriately to adults and their peers
  • ask relevant questions to extend their understanding and knowledge
  • articulate and justify answers, arguments and opinions
  • give well-structured descriptions, explanations and narratives for different purposes, including for expressing feelings
  • use spoken language to develop understanding through speculating, hypothesising, imagining and exploring ideas
  • speak audibly and fluently with an increasing command of Standard English
  • participate in discussions, presentations, and debates
  • consider and evaluate different viewpoints, attending to and building on the contributions of others

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

Pupils will:

  • gain knowledge and understanding of the roles of artists and their working practices
  • gain knowledge and understanding of characteristic features of periods and societies of the past.
  • gain knowledge and understanding of the visual elements
  • develop and understanding of materials and how they can be used

Skills

Pupils will:

  • Develop observation skills by creating first-hand observational drawings
  • Improve their speaking and listening skills in a group discussion context
  • Learn to give reasoned answers backed up by evidence
  • Develop an awareness of different kinds of art
  • Develop artistic technique

Concepts

Pupils will be introduced to:

  • The role of an artist
  • The role of a National Gallery like the Walker Art Gallery
  • That paintings are produced by an artists by hand
  • That artists use a variety of skills
  • That art is subjective and that we can all have different responses to it

Attitudes

Pupils will:

  • Realise there are lots of different ways to draw
  • be inspired to record what they see around them
  • be inspired to look at paintings and visit  art galleries
  • be confident at interpreting paintings for themselves
  • see the Walker Art Gallery as an enjoyable and creative place to visit