Art and Design Technology
We believe that children who excel Art and Design have these essential characteristics:
• The ability to use visual language skillfully 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
• An impressive knowledge and understanding of other artists, craftmakers 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 skillfully 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.
In order to excel in Art and Design, we believe that children throughout our school must achieve the following learning objectives:
• To develop ideas
• To master techniques
• To take inspiration from the greats
Specifically, the children should master the skills below:
Aspects of Learning
Key Stage 1
Lower Key Stage 2
Upper Key Stage 2
|To develop ideas||• Respond to ideas and starting points.
• Explore ideas and collect visual information.
• Explore different methods and materials as
|• 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
• Comment on artworks with a fluent grasp of
|To master techniques||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.
|Collage||• Use a combination of materials that are cut,
torn and glued.
• Sort and arrange materials.
• Mix materials to create texture.
|• Select and arrange materials for a striking
• Ensure work is precise.
• Use coiling, overlapping, tessellation, mosaic
|• Mix textures (rough and smooth, plain and
• Combine visual and tactile qualities.
• Use ceramic mosaic materials and techniques.
|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 mouldable materials.
• Add materials to provide interesting detail.
|• Show life-like qualities and real-life
proportions or, if more abstract, provoke
• Use tools to carve and add shapes, texture
• Combine visual and tactile qualities.
• Use frameworks (such as wire or moulds) to
provide stability and form.
|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.
|• Use repeating or overlapping shapes.
• Mimic print from the environment (e.g. wallpapers).
• Use objects to create prints (e.g. fruit, vegetables or sponges).
• Press, roll, rub and stamp to make prints.
|• Use layers of two or more colours.
• Replicate patterns observed in natural or built environments.
• Make printing blocks (e.g. from coiled string glued to a block).
• Make precise repeating patterns.
|• Build up layers of colours.
• Create an accurate pattern, showing fine detail.
• Use a range of visual elements to reflect the purpose of the work.
|Textiles||• Use weaving to create a pattern.
• Join materials using glue and/or a stitch.
• Use plaiting.
• Use dip dye techniques.
|• Shape and stitch materials.
• Use basic cross stitch and back stitch.
• Colour fabric.
• Create weavings.
• Quilt, pad and gather fabric.
|• Show precision in techniques.
• Choose from a range of stitching techniques.
• Combine previously learned techniques to create pieces.
|Digital media||• Use a wide range of tools to create different textures, lines, tones, colours and shapes.||• Create images, video and sound recordings and explain why they were created.||• Enhance digital media by editing (including sound, video, animation, still images and installations).|
|To take inspiration from the greats (classic and modern)||• Describe the work of notable artists,
artisans and designers.
• Use some of the ideas of artists studied to
|• 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
• Show how the work of those studied was
influential in both society and to other
• Create original pieces that show a range of
influences and styles.