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Lowton West Primary School

Art and Design at Lowton West

Curriculum Statement

'Aiming High Together'

Art at Lowton West is valued greatly and is demonstrated in the Artsmark Gold Award which school received in 2014. Pupils from Year 2 upwards receive weekly lessons in art, which are taught by an art specialist teacher, ensuring high quality and progression from Key Stage One to the end of Key Stage Two.

Through Art, pupils at Lowton West are encouraged to look closely at the world around them. By using this close observation, imagination and other stimuli, children will create a variety of visual work that communicates their ideas, thoughts and feelings. Children learn through their senses and therefore art lessons actively draw upon sensory experiences which are crucial to the pupils’ development. Children will be given opportunities to inform their work by looking at the work of a diverse range of painters, sculptors and designers.


Art gives children at Lowton West the opportunity to be creative and develop their skills using a range of media and materials. Children learn skills of drawing, painting, printing, collage, textiles, 3D work and digital art, as well as exploring and evaluating ideas. These skills are applied to their cross-curricular topics, allowing children to use their art skills to reflect on and explore topics in greater depth; for example, by sketching historical artefacts in detail, or researching geographical locations to support their work on landscape painting. Many areas of art link with mathematical ideas of shape and space, for example when printing repeating patterns and designs, and thinking about three-dimensional shapes to support structures.

Children study the lives and works of a range of famous artists and compare works of art; for example Year 4 study the French artist Rousseau, exploring his paintings of animals in their natural habitat. They will examine the different skin and fur patterns and the depiction of jungle vegetation during their investigations of animal adaptation and habitation.

In art, children are expected to be reflective and evaluate their work, thinking about how they can make changes and keep improving. Children are encouraged to take risks and experiment, and then reflect on why some ideas and techniques are successful or not for a particular project.

Alongside art lessons, we also offer opportunities for children to develop their creative skills within our after school Art Club which is run by our specialist art teacher.

Every year pupils across school participate in Arts Week, where opportunities to work with specialist crafts people, designers and artists in residence are provided throughout the week. Children explore a range of cultures and techniques during the week, including environmental art to develop the school grounds and school garden.



Art and Design at Key Stage 1

During Key Stage 1 pupils develop their creativity and imagination by exploring the visual, tactile and sensory qualities of materials and processes. They learn about the role of art, craft and design in their environment. They begin to understand colour, shape and space and pattern and texture and use them to represent their ideas and feelings.


Art and Design at Key Stage 2

During Key Stage 2 pupils develop their creativity and imagination through more complex activities. These help to build on their skills and improve their control of materials, tools and techniques. They increase their critical awareness of the roles and purposes of art, craft and design in different times and cultures. They become more confident in using visual and tactile elements and materials and processes to communicate what they see, feel and think.


In Year Four, children work towards the Bronze Arts Award. Gifted and Talented pupils are provided with opportunities to use their talents when producing scenery and backdrops for the Performing Arts Club and Christmas productions. Older Key Stage Pupils are also invited to attend the Y3/4 Art Clubs, where the opportunity to help plan, organise and run the Art Club alongside the specialist art teacher enhances their artistic development further.

Year Group




Year One



Seasonal colour – collage, painting/ mixing colours, printing, rubbings

Colour, texture, pattern, shape


Observational drawings: the human figure

Shape, line, tone, form

3D sculpture

Shape, form, texture


Observational drawings – plants, trees, landscapes

Shape, pattern, line


Evaluating Art – Andy Goldsworthy

Texture, pattern, shape, form


Colour, pattern, texture


Observational drawings: animals, living things, weather

Shape, pattern, texture, form, line


Evaluating Art – Monet

Colour, pattern


Year Two



Exploring ideas and developing techniques: Planets – drawing, colouring planets (real and imaginary) using oil pastels, colour mixing using paint.

Colour, pattern, shape.


Recording experiences: Responding to music through drawing

Exploring ideas and developing techniques: Buildings – exploring surfaces (collages, rubbings, photography, clay texture slabs)

Pattern, texture, shape, form, line.


Observational drawings: local buildings, features, architecture

Shape, line, form, pattern.

Observational drawings: shells (pencil, pen)

Pattern, texture, line, shape and form.


Observational drawings/ multi-media: studying fish and the seashore – oil pastel and wax resist

Colour, line, shape.

Year Three



Observational drawing: figure drawings using Egyptian poses – exploring the use of chalk pastel

Form, shape, tone, line


3D construction / craft and design: Egyptian mask moulds using modroc

Form, shape, pattern, texture

Art history: the influences of Roman Britain – explored through pattern, design and colour

Pattern, colour, shape


Developing patterns: design and make patterns using pen, computers and press print techniques

Pattern, design, texture

3D sculpture: design and make 3D sculptures using junk modelling, art straws and pipe cleaners

Form, shape, design, texture

Year Four



Art history: exploring war artists

Colour, pattern, line


Observational drawing: figure drawings using pens, ink and wax resist

Line, form, shape, tone


3D construction / craft and design: Take a Seat – design and construct a 3D chair

Shape, form, texture

Art history: Henri Rousseau

Colour, pattern, shape. Line


Landscapes: rainforests, plants and animals (mixed media – pencil, paint, pastel and collage to produce large scale rainforest paintings)

Colour, shape, pattern, texture


Year Five



Art history and significant artists: Victorian Painter – William Morris

Pattern, shape, colour


Observational drawing: Still Life Drawing and printing

Form, shape, tone, line, pattern


Exploring Perspective: still life and photography, evaluating and analysing images from different angles and perspectives

Form, shape, tone


3D sculpture: Clay work – pot building techniques

Form, shape, pattern


Mixed media: Aztec design using range of materials

Colour, pattern, texture

Year Six



Figurative drawing: Action figure drawing (pencil, pen, charcoal)

Shape, form, line, tone


Portraits: Expressive portraits in soft pastel

Shape, line, form,, tone


Significant artists: Focus on work of Picasso, Van Gogh & Frida Kahlo

Shape, form, colour, tone


Design and make celebration hats

Colour, pattern, texture, form

Landscapes - A sense of place

Observation drawing from local environment; Compose landscape picture- use paint and printing techniques; Water reflection pictures

Colour, pattern, shape, line, texture


Art Progression of Key Skills (please click on link to view)

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