Look at what we learn in art...


Yoko Ono

Yoko Ono was born 18th February 1933 in Tokyo. She is a Japanese multimedia artist, singer, songwriter, and peace activist who is also known for her work in performance art and filmmaking.

Ono is often associated with the Fluxus group (an international group of artisit), whose founder George Maciunas, her friend during the 1960s, admired and promoted her work enthusiastically. Maciunas invited her formally join the Fluxus group, but she declined because she wanted to remain independent. She did however, collaborate with him.

Interesting fact:
In Tokyo, Ono and her family were forced to beg for food while pulling their belongings in a wheelbarrow. It was during this period in her life, Ono says, that she developed her "aggressive" attitude and understanding of "outsider" status when children taunted her.



Airedale Junior School are proud to provide a creative, diverse and stimulating curriculum through the teaching of art and design, which children find inspiring. We promote the use of children’s creativity not just in the arts, but across the whole curriculum.
Art and Design is a non-core subject in the National Curriculum. Activities at AJS are planned so that the children build upon their prior learning, ensuring that all abilities of children have the opportunity to develop their creative skills, knowledge and understanding.

Purpose of study:
Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. A high-quality art and design education should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.


The national curriculum for art aims to ensure that all pupils:
 Produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences
 Become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques
 Evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design
 Know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms

At Airedale pupils will be taught to…….
 Create sketch books to record their observations and use them to review, revisit and evaluate ideas
 Improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials [for example, pencil, charcoal, paint, clay]
 Research great artists, architects and designers in history

In Art lessons children will be taught to:
 Explore the different elements of Art and Design through experiencing: Drawing, Printing, Painting, Collage, Sculpture and Textile
 Record from first – hand experience and from imagination, select their own ideas to use in their work, developing creativity and imagination through a range of activities
 Explore their creative and imaginative talents, develop different techniques using a variety of materials and tools safely
 Be reflective and evaluate their own work as well as other peoples
 Explore the work of different artists, to enhance their skills