Practical Knowledge (Substantive/Vertical Concepts)
Practical knowledge includes all the things that pupils need to know in order to produce art. It includes:•Formal elements (colour, form, line, pattern, shape, texture, tone).
These have each been sequenced so that pupils are explicitly taught aspects in small steps, allowing pupils to gradually build their understanding and mastery of practical knowledge.
Theoretical Knowledge (Substantive)
Theoretical knowledge includes the history of art. In the Primary Art & Design Curriculum, a range of artists have been selected to not only illustrate quality examples of the practical knowledge outline above, but to build pupils’ knowledge of the diversity of artists (their backgrounds, inspiration, and approaches). They will also examine how artists have inspired each other, and how artists are connected within the paradigms of Traditional, Modern and Contemporary art.
Disciplinary knowledge asks the questions that are at the heart of the subject:•What is art? Pupils learn about the diversity of artistic outcomes, the purpose and the meaning of art, and how it has been part of much of human history.