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Art and Design

Art and Design is a way of creative expression for children – a chance for individuality to be exposed to its fullest. At St Mary’s, we allow children to explore their inner artist and develop their creative flair. As children progress, we encourage critical thinking of art work and help all to develop a good understanding of famous artists. Children are taught skills in 6 key areas: colour, texture, pattern, space, line and tone. Throughout the year, each class have the opportunity to create various pieces of art work with our resident artist Bob Jones. Other artists also come and impart their technical knowledge, giving children the tools to create some wonderful pieces.

At St Mary’s, children understand how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and the wealth of our nation. Edgar Degas expressed that “art is not what you see, but what you make others see.”

Children are given the skills to use a variety of media to create work - examples include: clay sculptures of Brunel and Victorian plaques based on Victorian artwork, the use of Ipads to create distorted self-portraits and drawing these with oil pastels, using water colour to create beautiful African landscapes, using acrylic paint on canvas to create work based on Salvador Dali and papier mache to create African masks.


We enable all children 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. 

Click on the documents below to learn more.

The primary National Curriculum in England documents and policy for Art and Design