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Artistic achievement is learning how to bring together diverse elements into a cohesive art work. For this to take place a plethora of different kinds of thinking and feelings need to melt together to form a whole.
For some people, artistic talents comes naturally, however, for most of us we rely on thinking strategies to discover what we do not intuitively know.
At Kingwood Primary School, we employ a Thinking Curriculum in a bid to help better educate and prepare our students for the demands of a 21st century. 
We provide a rich environment that allows 'learning by doing', 'opportunities for spontaneity' and a safe environment that is tolerant and conducive to 'risk taking'. The children and teachers are challenged to problem solve, provoke further questioning and stretch their thinking as we all learn and grow together. 

ELEMENTS OF VISUAL ARTS - used to create and talk about 2D and 3D arts works
Line- thick & thin, broken & continuous, straight & curved, calm & angry
Shape - geometric & freeform/organic
Space- big & small
Texture- real & simulated
Colour - bright & dark, happy & sad, warm & cool, Primary, Secondary and Tertiary colours, expressive qualities
Tonetints & shades
Pattern- repeating, alternating, regular progression

PRINCIPLES OF ART - the ways arts elements are used, arranged, manipulated and organised to create arts works.
Unity - the quality of wholeness or oneness that is achieved through the effective use of the elements and principles of design
Balance - the way elements of art are arranged to create a feeling of stability
Harmony - a blend of aesthetically compatible elements
Distortion - to change the way something looks by deforming or stretching and object out of its normal shape
Abstraction- art which is made up of lines, shapes and colours where no real objects can be seen
Juxtaposition - being placed close together or side by side, so as to permit comparison or contrast
Contrast - when elements are opposite to each other to show difference and diversity in an artwork
Hierarchy - representing the sizes of things according to their importance, rather than how they would objectively appear
Scale - is when the size changes but the elements stay in proportion to each other
Symmetry (& assymetry) - the parts of an image or object are organized so that one side duplicates or mirrors the other
Proportion - refers to the relative size and scale of the various elements in a design
Cropping - Is to remove unwanted parts of an element, to create focus and draw attention to the remaining portion
Emphasis - refers to developing points of interest to pull the viewer's eye to important parts of the art work
Movement - using elements of art to give the feeling of action
Perspective - creating a three dimensional world onto a two dimensional surface

EXPLORING AND RESPONDING (Grades 3-6)
Exploring ideas and improvising with ways to represent ideas
Developing understanding of practices - using and experimenting with different materials, techniques, technologies and processess
Sharing artworks through presentation or display to an audience
Responding to and interpreting artworks - considering 'why' and 'where' , identifying purpose and meaning