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Becoming Artists


 But, Lord, you are our father. We are like clay, and you are the potter. Your hands made us all. Isaiah 64:8


Art at Whitegate CE Primary School

At Whitegate CE Primary School, a visual, tactile and creative approach to learning is central to our philosophy of nurturing the children’s restless curiosity in the world, to prepare them for ‘life in all its fullness’. Through a growing awareness of a wide variety of forms of expression, children are encourage to develop the resilience to explore exciting challenges in creative and imaginative ways.  It is our belief that young children explore the world as a visual, tactile and sensory experience; through developing their understanding, and restless curiosity about the world in which they live, they are increasingly able to communicate what they see, feel and think. 

During their time at Whitegate, children will have the opportunity to work both independently and cooperatively in a range of media, at different scale, and in both 2d and 3D forms.

Through the use of colour, texture, form, pattern and different materials and processes, children become involved in shaping their environments through art and design activities. They learn to make informed judgements, aesthetic and practical decisions, exploring ideas and meanings through observing and engaging with the work of artists and designers. Through learning about the roles and functions of art, they can explore the impact it has had on contemporary life and that of different times and cultures. The appreciation and enjoyment of the visual arts enriches all our lives and supports children in developing an appreciation of some of the highest forms of human creativity in order to prepare them ‘for life in all its fullness’.


The aims of teaching art in our school are:

  • To record from first-hand experience and from imagination, and to select their own ideas to use in their work;
  • To develop creativity and imagination through a range of complex activities;
  • To improve the children’s ability to control materials, tools and techniques;
  • To increase their critical awareness of the roles and purposes of art and design in different times and cultures;
  • To develop increasing confidence in the use of visual and tactile elements and materials;
  • To foster an enjoyment and appreciation of the visual arts and a knowledge of artists, craftspeople and designers;
  • To enable children to enjoy works of art from first and second hand resources.


Our Art year group curriculum overview:



Our school delivers the art curriculum through topic areas and discrete lessons.  We have a range of resources to enable us.  In Foundation Stage, children explore art through a variety of stimulus and media. It is delivered as part of taught sessions and available to the children as part of their continuous provision.


Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Year 1

Driver – Land and Sea

Focus – Digital media, Collage

Artist – Andy Goldsworthy (Land Art)


Artists study – Andy Goldsworthy land art using natural materials


Collage – Natural art collage


Digital Media – create contrasting images of land and sea


Driver – Fairy tales

Focus - Textiles


Textiles – create a rags to riches dress for Cinderella by weaving different fabrics


Driver – Toys

Focus – Drawing, Painting

Artist – Andy Warhol (Pop Art)


Artist Study – Andy Warhol


Drawing – still life range of toys draw, photocopy drawing and use different media to colour including coloured pencils and pastels


Painting – Use thick and thin brushes as needed and colour mix primary colours. Final piece could be pop art inspired

Year 2 

Driver – London

Focus – Collage, Drawing


Drawing – mark making to create patterns and textures. Apply to creating cityscape of London.


Collage – Mix materials to create fiery scene of London burning including black paper for wooden beams or building silhouettes.

Driver – Africa

Focus – Printing, Textiles

Artist – Bisa Butler (Contemporary textile artist)


Printing – press print bold African designs


Textiles – Using batik to create original African patterns and designs.


Driver – Seaside

Focus – Painting, Collage

Artist – Van Gogh (Post-Impressionism)


Artists study – Van Gogh thick paint, textured painting, seaside art


Collage – texture art using Van Gogh piece.


Painting – colour mixing creating a colour wheel

- adding black and white to create tints and tones

- create seaside scene using blues and yellows either as a whole class or individual piece.




Artist study – Georges Seurat (Neo-Impressionism)


Painting - colour mixing creating a colour wheel

- adding black and white to create tints and tones

- create own pointillism painting inspired by Georges Seurat.


Year 3

Driver – Stone Age to Iron Age

Focus – Drawing, Sculpture

Artist - Banksy


Drawing  - Cave art mark making with different medias

- Celtic art drawing and shading skills


Sculpture – Clay pots inspired by the Beaker People (Bronze Age)

Driver – Egyptians

Focus – Collage, Printing, Textiles


Pharaoh portrait using mixed media paint and collage


Press print hieroglyphics to write names to create a cartouche


Textiles through DT focus, hieroglyphic intial using materials and stitches.


Driver - South America

Focus – Drawing, Painting

Artist – Henri Rousseau (Post-Impressionism)


Artist study – Henri Rousseau

Drawing – still life drawings of leaves and plants in the environment


Painting – colour mixing and paint techniques to create rainforest art 


Year 4

Driver - Industrial Revolution

Focus – Drawing

Artist – Lowry (Naïve Art)


Artist study – Lowry industrial Britain.


Drawing - Mark making, buildings and matchstick people.


Driver – Romans

Focus – Collage, Digital media


Collage – Roman mosaics


Digital media – create digital media depicting Roman art including sculpture, mosaic and painting.

Driver - Anglo Saxons and Vikings

Focus – Printing

Artist – Escher (Modern Art)


Art study – Escher, graphic artists link to maths and tessellation


Printing – make shapes to create repeating pattern, tessellation (maths link) to make Viking shields or Anglo Saxon Brooches


Year 5

Driver - Slavery

Focus – Textiles, Painting


Painting – Sketch then paint designs for freedom quits, selecting appropriate colours


Textiles – Freedom quilts



Driver - Greeks

Focus – Drawing, Sculpture


Drawing – People, form, shape proportion, movement


Sculpture – Greek vases adding on forms and shapes applying understanding from drawing lessons



Driver - The Tudors

Focus – Drawing,

Artist – da Vinci, Bosch, Archimboldo (Renaissance)


Artist Study -  da Vinci, Bosch, Archimboldo (1 or all)

Drawing – Portraits





Year 6

Driver - Ancient Civilisations

Focus – Painting

Art – Mayan Art


Art study – Mayan Art including sculpture, frescoes, masks, weaving


Painting – Frescoes



Driver - Vale Royal Abbey

Focus – Collage


Collage – create a ceramic mosaic of the ship, the Abbey, king. Individual drawings leading to whole class piece. 


Driver - WW2 conflict

Focus- Drawing, Digital Media

Artist – Henry Moore (Modern Art)


Artists Study – Henry Moore bomb shelters


Drawing – Figures, bomb shelters inspired by Henry Moore.


Digital Media – Propaganda posters






Websites we recommend to explore:
BBC Teach:  https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/ks1-art-and-design/zftyd6f and https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/ks2-art-and-design/zd4jscw 

BBC Bitesize: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/z8tnvcw 


If you have any questions about our Art curriculum, please contact Mrs Savage (subject lead) via the school office.

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