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At Christ Church, we value Art as an important part of the children’s entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum. Our Art curriculum develops creativity, sets challenges, engages and inspires children. It also equips them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own masterpieces.

Art and Design Overview -  Progression and Breadth of Study

Purpose of Study

Art and design engages, inspires and challenges pupils, equips them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design.

We aim that through the teaching of Art and Design, our children will have mastered - 

•The ability to use visual language skilfully and convincingly (for example, line, shape, pattern, colour, texture, form) to express emotions, interpret observations, convey insights and accentuate their individuality.

• The ability to communicate fluently in visual and tactile form.

• The ability to draw confidently and adventurously from observation, memory and imagination.

• The ability to explore and invent marks, develop and deconstruct ideas and communicate perceptively and powerfully through purposeful drawing in 2D, 3D or digital media.

• An impressive knowledge and understanding of other artists, craft makers and designers.

• The ability to think and act like creative practitioners by using their knowledge and understanding to inform, inspire and interpret ideas, observations and feelings.

• Independence, initiative and originality which they can use to develop their creativity.

• The ability to select and use materials, processes and techniques skilfully and inventively to realise intentions and capitalise on the unexpected.

• The ability to reflect on, analyse and critically evaluate their own work and that of others.

• A passion for and a commitment to the subject.





Years 1 and 2

Years 3 and 4

Years 5 and 6

To develop ideas 

- using sketch books to record observations, renew and revisit ideas

Exploring and Evaluating Ideas

• Respond to ideas and starting points.
• Explore ideas and collect visual information.
• Explore different methods and materials as ideas develop.

• Develop ideas from starting points
throughout the curriculum.
• Collect information, sketches and resources.
• Adapt and refine ideas as they progress.
• Explore ideas in a variety of ways.
• Comment on artworks using visual language.

• Develop and imaginatively extend ideas from
starting points throughout the curriculum.
• Collect information, sketches and resources
and present ideas imaginatively in a sketch
• Use the qualities of materials to enhance
• Spot the potential in unexpected results as work progresses.
• Comment on artworks with a fluent grasp of visual language.

To master techniques in drawing


• Draw lines of different sizes and thickness.

• Colour (own work) neatly following the lines.

• Show pattern and texture by adding dots and lines.

• Show different tones by using coloured pencils.

• Use different hardnesses of pencils to show line, tone and texture.

• Annotate sketches to explain and elaborate ideas.

• Sketch lightly (no need to use a rubber to correct mistakes).

• Use shading to show light and shadow.

• Use hatching and cross hatching to show tone and texture.

• Use a variety of techniques to add interesting effects (e.g. reflections, shadows, direction of sunlight).

• Use a choice of techniques to depict movement, perspective, shadows and reflection.

• Choose a style of drawing suitable for the work (e.g. realistic or impressionistic).

• Use lines to represent movement.

To master techniques in painting


• Use thick and thin brushes.
• Mix primary colours to make secondary.
• Add white to colours to make tints and black
to colours to make tones.
• Create colour wheels.

• Use a number of brush techniques using thick
and thin brushes to produce shapes, textures,
patterns and lines.
• Mix colours effectively.
• Use watercolour paint to produce washes for
backgrounds then add detail.
• Experiment with creating mood with colour.

• Sketch (lightly) before painting to combine
line and colour.
• Create a colour palette based upon colours
observed in the natural or built world.
• Use the qualities of watercolour and acrylic
paints to create visually interesting pieces.
• Combine colours, tones and tints to enhance
the mood of a piece.
• Use brush techniques and the qualities of paint to create texture.
• Develop a personal style of painting, drawing upon ideas from other artists.

To master techniques in printing


Press rub roll and stamp to make prints

Replicate patterns

Make repeated patterns as part of a design

Build layers of colours

Create patterns for effect using fine detail

To master techniques in collage and textiles

Collage and Textiles

Use materials and mix materials that are  glued, torn and cut

Use running stitch

Use mosaic or tesselation or montage for effect

Use cross stitch and back stitch

Create a quilt pad

Mix textures for contrasting effects

Use previously taught skills to create or repair a product

To master techniques in sculpture


• Use a combination of shapes.
• Include lines and texture.
• Use rolled up paper, straws, paper, card and clay as materials.
• Use techniques such as rolling,cutting,
moulding and carving.

• Create and combine shapes to create
recognisable forms (e.g. shapes made from
nets or solid materials).
• Include texture that conveys feelings,
expression or movement.
• Use clay and other moldable materials.
• Add materials to provide interesting detail.

• Show life-like qualities and real-life proportions or, if more abstract, provoke
different interpretations.
• Use tools to carve and add shapes, texture and pattern.
• Combine visual and tactile qualities.
• Use frameworks (such as wire or moulds) to provide stability and form.

To take inspiration from the greats (classic and modern)

Work of Artists

• Describe the work of notable artists,
artisans and designers.
• Use some of the ideas of artists studied to create pieces.

• Replicate some of the techniques used by notable artists, artisans and designers.
• Create original pieces that are influenced by studies of others.

• Give details (including own sketches) about the style of some notable artists, artisans and designers.
• Show how the work of those studied was
influential in both society and to other artists.
• Create original pieces that show a range of influences and styles.

Continuous Provision - A variety of digital media is used to create and enhance art throughout all years groups

Breadth of Study (subject topics)




Year 1

Portraits  - Klee, Picasso and Warhol

Main skill focus drawing and painting

Digital art outcome.

Create a collage of Oldbury using the techniques of L.S.Lowry and a replica of Monet’s cityscape Main skill focus painting and collage.

Sketching flowers and leaf rubbings (link to science)

Landscapes - Monets Garden, Van Gough landscapes, Metzinger colourful landscapes and mosaics. Followed by nature sculptures - drawing from nature, large scale sculpture in style of Andrew Goldsworthy.

Mian skill focus painting and sculpture.

Year 2

Colour mixing and abstract art (Fire) - Piet Mondrian, Mark Rothko, Paul Klee, Jackson Pollock, Robert Delauney, Wassily Kandinsky - helping to create background for GFOL image - using silhouette etc…

Main skill focus painting.

Batik (science link) - making wax crayons

Hokusai - Chinese Images 

Hang and Tang Dynasty  

Willow Pattern

Main skill focus collage and sculpture

Fruit and Vegetables (Braque, Claesz, Kalf, Carl Warner, Caravaggio and Archimboldo

Main skill focus collage

Year 3

Greek vases, Greek pottery designs and clay vases

Main skill focus drawing and sculpture.

Monet, Cezanne to provide a starting point for landscapes. Create tornado and volcano art.

Study Henri Rousseau’s Tiger in the storm and create own version.

Main skills collage and textiles.

Botanical paintings - Georgia O’ Keefe (link to science) - looking at parts of flowers. Create flower sculpture.

Main skills painting and sculpture.

Year 4

Ancient Egyptian Art - sketching, faces in charcoal, jewelry

Main skill focus drawing and sculpture.

Observational drawings of local habitats -looking at aspects in detail (link to science)

European Art - artists, architects and designers Anselm Kiefer, painting a ceiling Michelangelo, Le Corbusier, Rembrandt, Coco Chanel (including short study of French art)

Main skill focus painting, drawing and digital art.

Seaside inspired art - picking up on impasto in Spring , drawing fish, shells, printing, weaving seaside scenes

Main skill focus printing, painting, weaving.

Year 5

Anglo Saxon Art - using natural materials

Main skill focus sculpture and textiles.

Southern and Central American art - Frieda Khalo, Joaquin Torres Garcia, Diego Rivera, Beatriz Milhazes, Carlos Paez Vilaro

Main skill focus collage, textiles and sculpture.

Observe and sketch amphibian life cycles (link to science - part of science learning journey)

Looking at Lowrys from a different perspective - through fairground art then looking at art that appears to move and graffiti style fairground art/calligraphy

Main skill focus painting and drawing.

Year 6

Henry Moore - shelter drawings and propaganda art

Main skill focus drawing, painting & digital art.

Surrealism study - Dali, Miro

Mian skill focus painting and drawing

Leaving a legacy - open ended project chn taking stimulus from artists who have left a legacy that inspires them

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