Art and Design

‘Children are naturally creative. It is our job to give them freedom, materials and space to let their creativity blossom to its full potential.’ Jean Vant Hul

‘Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up’. Pablo Picasso


Why is it important to teach Art & Design?

All children are artists. We teach Art & Design to harness children’s creativity and allow a freedom of expression and experimentation. Art teaches children that there is no right or wrong and gives children the confidence to make mistakes and explore their imagination through a variety of media. A high-quality art & 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. We will enable pupils to think critically and develop a greater understanding of art, how art has shaped our history, and contributes to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.


Key Concepts:

  •          Everyone is an artist and that we can explore ideas, communicate and record experiences and emotions through art.
  •          That Art & Design has many aspects including drawing, painting, collage, 3D, sculpture, textiles and craft using a wide range of media.
  •          That Art & Design means different things to different people and that we too can express an opinion, evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design.


Curriculum Design 

Our Art & Design curriculum provides a clear and comprehensive document that will show progression of skills across all key stages within the strands of art. Art & Design lends itself to being a cross curricular subject in every way. We link art with theme work, this deepens the children understanding of a topic and gives art a purpose and context. The children learn about and are inspired by a number of artists.  Children use their sketchbooks to explore artists, revisit previous learning, investigating skills, designing and evaluating work.  We make good use of visits and visitors and think carefully about the timing of this to ensure links to current learning. We use the local area in order to create real art and exhibit the children’s art around our schools, share it on our websites and Facebook pages.  


Our Art & Design curriculum gives children the opportunity to:

  •          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.