The Primary Art Class is led by me, Emily Gopaul. I help primary schools and other education providers, to plan and teach engaging, high quality and well-resourced art lessons. I design bespoke curricula and refine existing art provisions as well as providing staff training and student workshops.
I have an approach to art in primary schools that exceeds and extends the current national curriculum expectations for art and design at KS1 and KS2. The art curricula that I have developed for schools encompass a good coverage of art skills and art knowledge. This type of balanced curriculum enables children to gain competence in skills and techniques, and they engage in the design process and create original practical work. Children are also given opportunities to talk and write about art by a range of artists and from different genres and styles, this approach encourages the acquisition of new vocabulary and supports visual literacy. Progression is built into the curriculum as children revisit key skills and techniques as well as developing their ability to ‘read’ artwork.
I am the author of Teaching Primary Art and Design, published by Bloomsbury and available to order here. The book is a guide to teaching art lessons for key stage one and lower and upper key stage two. It features practical ideas that link creative outcomes to contextual understanding, using famous artworks.
I love to share my approach to art in primary schools but I can also support you with your existing art provision and whole school art vision in many other ways. I am available for workshops and courses.