Art & Design

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At St. Luke’s CE Primary School, we believe that art lessons will engage, inspire and challenge all children to think innovatively and develop creative understanding. Our intent is to create an Art and Design curriculum that is rich, diverse and will ignite passion for learning. Our aim is to allow children to express their individual interests, thoughts and ideas alongside building resilience, confidence and critical-thinking skills. The curriculum will be tailored to suit the needs of children to equip them with the knowledge and skills needed to experiment, invent and create their own works of art. They should also know that art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation. Our Art curriculum shows a progression of skills which ensures the learning that takes place each year is revisited, embedded and allows progression and challenge for all children. 



The Art and Design curriculum is taught through the progression of techniques using a range of media and materials. Children learn the skills of drawing, painting, printing, collage, textiles, 3D work and digital art and are given opportunities to explore and evaluate different creative ideas. The opportunities enable children to communicate what they see, feel and think through the use of colour, texture, form, pattern and different materials and processes. Learning is planned so the pupils have the opportunity to appreciate and discuss the work of iconic artists throughout history over time, learn from modern day, current artists, and use these as inspiration for their own creative development. Children are expected to be reflective and evaluate their work, thinking how they can make changes and keep improving. In order for our pupils to shine, they will be encouraged to take risks and experiment because ‘creativity takes courage’ – Henri Matisse. 

The National Curriculum for Art and Design 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. 

 All children from EYFS up to Year 6 will have ownership over a sketchbook that will be placed at the centre of their creativity. The sketchbooks will be used to gather, collect, experiment and reflect as well as develop personalities. However, sketchbooks will only be used when appropriate in an art lesson. Sometimes children will have the opportunities to sculpture, create 3D art work, use apps, on large paper or outdoors. Where practical art work is implemented, photographs will be used to evidence this learning. 



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